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Leeds striker Patrick Bamford ruled out for Saturday's clash with Newcastle

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed that striker Patrick Bamford will not be in the squad against Newcastle due to injury. The English striker sustained an injury when the sides met back in September.

Bamford returned earlier than expected, coming off the bench and netting against Brentford in a 2-2 draw last month. He was injured on his comeback, and now a fresh blow has hit Bielsa’s side.

This will be a big blow for Leeds, who are 10 points clear of the Magpies currently. However, they cannot afford to let the margin reduce. Newcastle have games in hand against Everton and Southampton, which could put pressure on them.

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Bielsa confirms new injury to Bamford, giving Newcastle slightly more confidence heading into the fixture

Bielsa confirmed the new in his pre-match press conference. As reported by Leeds Live, Bielsa said: “Bamford has a new injury at the bottom of his foot. He’s overcome his muscular problems but now he has a problem at the bottom of his foot,”

The injury gives the Magpies one less player to worry about at least. That’s a bonus, as it is growing ever likely that no new centre-backs will arrive in time for the trip to Elland Road.

Should the likes of Diego Carlos or another central defender arrive before the window shuts, it’ll be after the Leeds game.

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However, Newcastle will still have their hands full when they travel to Yorkshire. Jack Harrison had an outstanding performance last weekend against West Ham, bagging a hat-trick. Additionally, who could forget Raphinha? The Brazilian is arguably the best player at the club and always causes problems with his immense dribbling.

There’s no doubt it’s a huge game for Newcastle this Saturday. Bamford being ruled out means Leeds have no real main central threat up top. However, they still can find goals from other areas of the field. Raphinha will likely test the Magpies backline, causing countless problems in the reverse fixture.

Should the Toon Army take all three points at Elland Road it’s a big step in the right direction. They could potentially leapfrog Norwich and Watford if results go their way, taking them out of the relegation zone.

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