Last season Patrick Bamford scored 17 Premier League goals, making an appearance in all 38 of Leeds United’s league games in their triumphant return to the top flight. The 28-year-old was instrumental in the first half for Leeds, winning a call-up to England last September following his stellar form. This season, Bamford will struggle to make 17 appearances throughout the campaign, due to a string of injuries.
His latest illness is a ruptured plantar fascia, an injury that has plagued him for 12 months, according to Leeds United medical and performance manager Rob Price. It affects mobility, generating sharp pain in the ball of the foot, but had been manageable for most of the past year until a partial tear turned into a full break against Wolverhampton Wanderers eleven years ago days.
A club statement published on Sunday evening said Bamford would spend ‘at least six weeks’ on the sidelines as medical staff seek to end the lingering problem: ‘As all sports doctors know, plantar fascia injuries are notoriously difficult to manage , but everyone involved is confident that he will make a full recovery from this injury in due course.” Price says. “Patrick has been incredibly unlucky this year, his playing time has been limited by various injuries including an ankle injury suffered at Newcastle and hamstring and quadriceps injuries once back in training squads and of game.”
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The next step for Rob Price and the medical team will be to determine the cause of Bamford’s plantar fasciitis: “What he needs is a period of rest and rehabilitation to allow his body to recover completely”. Price added.
Physiotherapy Doctor Rajpal Brar, owner of 3CB performancesuggests a six-week recovery schedule is appropriate for the type of injury Bamford suffered: “He’ll probably be in a protective boot to allow him to heal and then in physio,” Dr Brar said. LeedsLive.
“[The ruptured plantar fascia] can now give him time to recover because he can’t get through [the partial tear]”, added Dr. Brar, while admitting that a rupture was a “more serious” problem than a tear.
Dr Brar suggested the six-week ‘downtime’ that Bamford will now have to work out the ‘root causes’ of his injury could be a silver lining to prevent future flare-ups. This is in lieu of repeated pain management and careful monitoring of a lesser injury such as the partial tear that Bamford has been playing with for 12 months.
“The key is to figure out the real root causes of the problem, because it’s been bothering him for a while now,” Dr. Brar concluded. Bamford’s six-week schedule means he will likely miss Leeds’ next five games, possibly making a home return to Brighton and Hove Albion in mid-May. Assuming he doesn’t feature upfront on his return from injury against the Seagulls, Bamford may only have the opportunity to start just one more game this season – at Brentford on the final day.