Leeds United receive striker boost ahead of Chelsea game with Jesse Marsch planning upset

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Leeds United struggled last season due to injuries to their first team players - and Jesse Marsch wants to correct that.

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has revealed the injury to striker Patrick Bamford that forced him off against Southampton is not that serious and he could feature against Chelsea this weekend.

The striker came off in the first half against the Saints but he is reported to have returned to training this week as the Yorkshire side hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Bamford was in sensational form during the Marcelo Bielsa, and the club suffered hugely last season due to his absence through injury.

The visit of Chelsea at Elland Road is an opportunity for Jesse Marsch to test his team against a side that will be challenging for the Premier League and the American coach is looking to cause an upset.

Chelsea have also been deflated by the news that midfield maestro N’Golo Kante will be missing the game after he picked up a hamstring injury in their 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

They have also been further hampered by the fact that manager Thomas Tuchel will not be on the touchline after he received a red card following a fracas with Antonio Conte.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Both teams threw away leads and ended up with just a point last weekend but Leeds will be delighted that the scare of losing Bamford has at least been replaced with optimism and hope.

Jesse Marsch of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC  (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)Jesse Marsch of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC  (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
Jesse Marsch of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images) | Getty Images

After the game against Southampton last weekend, Jesse Marsch revealed he was certain the injury to his main striker Patrick Bamford was not that serious.

“Patrick, I think is not bad,” Marsch stated. “He had felt a little tightness in his adductor.

“And so I’ve challenged him to be honest with us on exactly where he stands with things and he felt like he wasn’t 100%, so he didn’t want to stress it and he made the right decision I think to come off.”

Last season Chelsea finished third in the Premier League but have stretched and will now look to challenge both Manchester City and Liverpool for the title.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.