Leeds set to start Premier League without SEVEN first team players

Leeds are rocked by injury crisis as they look set to start their Premier League campaign without SEVEN first team players, but the Elland Road faithful will be boosted by the return of Patrick Bamford

  • Leeds stayed in the Premier League last season with a last day win at Brentford 
  • Manager Jesse Marsch has since has a busy transfer window, spending £93.2m
  •  He said the returning Patrick Bamford ‘looks great. He looks fit, he looks strong.’

 Leeds will be without seven first-team players for Saturday’s Premier League opener against Wolves, although they have been boosted by the return of Patrick Bamford to full fitness. 

Absentees include captain Liam Cooper, Dan James, Luke Ayling, Junior Firpo, Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas and new arrival Luis Sinisterra.

Having narrowly avoided the drop on the final day of last season, Leeds have spent £93.2million this summer to try to offset the exits of star men Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.

Jesse Marsch steered Leeds away from relegation at the end of last season

‘We’ve still got a good group,’ said head coach Jesse Marsch. 

The former RB Salzburg and Leipzig boss has brought a number of his former players to Elland road.

One player who is fit is striker Bamford, who scored twice against Cagliari on Sunday in his first 90 minutes since his injury-plagued season ended with a foot issue in March.

‘It’s been a huge week for him,’ Marsch said. ‘He looks great. He looks fit, he looks strong, sharp.’

The American manager finished last season well, keeping Leeds up with a last-day win over Brentford.

He will be hoping to steer his side through their injury crisis as they hope for a more straightforward end to next season. 

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