The West Yorkshire club have been blighted by injuries this season, and although their injury crisis has shown signs of easing in recent weeks with some key players returning, Marcelo Bielsa is set to be without his star striker Patrick Bamford.
Bamford hasn’t played for Leeds since injuring his hamstring during their 2-2 draw with Brentford in December, and Bielsa confirmed in his press conference on Monday (February 7) that the England international is yet to recover from an injury to the bottom of his foot which he sustained after returning to training recently.
The Argentine said that Bamford hasn’t even started running yet after suffering the injury.
It’s a big blow for Leeds and Bielsa, who would have hoped Bamford would have been available for selection following the recent winter break.
Leeds will also be without key duo Kalvin Phillips and captain Liam Cooper for the clash with Steven Gerrard’s side, with the pair having only just returned to training.
Steven Gerrard is preparing to take on Bielsa for the first time in his managerial career tomorrow evening, and it will also be the first time this season Leeds and Aston Villa play each other after the initial fixture was cancelled due to Covid in December.
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