Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford made his return to the first team on Saturday afternoon, coming on off the bench and scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Only seven games into his Leeds United career, Patrick Bamford picked up a knee injury that saw him miss 14 Championship games. After working his way back to fitness, Bamford sealed his return with a goal versus Bolton Wanderers.
Despite making his way back into the first team, the striker discussed about how it will be a while yet until he plays without feeling any pain. However, the 25-year-old is willing to play through the pain barrier to help Leeds United in their promotion push.
“I’m just hoping to help the team now,” Bamford told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I want to help them as well as I can and however that might be.
“It’s probably going to take me a month or two months before I start playing without pain. It’s one of those things where the scar tissue is still fat and thinning down and it’s going to be a bit restrictive behind the knee.
“As time goes on it’ll ease off and get back to normal but I feel like I’m ready to play games. It’s just a case of dealing with it.”
Bamford also spoke about feeling a weight on his shoulders because of the £7 million fee that United paid for him in the summer. However, the striker insisted he isn’t feeling the pressure to impress because of his transfer fee.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a weight off my shoulders because there wasn’t any pressure,” Bamford said.
“It’s just about me knowing I can play with my knee being fine. It’s having the confidence of being able to use that as a standing leg, and obviously I scored with my right foot. Everything coming together puts your mind at ease.
“I’ve been itching to get back out there but we’d originally aimed for the FA Cup so we’re maybe three weeks ahead of where I thought I’d be. That’s testament to the staff and the programme they’ve put together. There were times throughout the rehab where I thought there was going to be the little setback here and there but I knew I had a few weeks to play with. It’s gone quite smoothly.”