Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford said he was trying to recover from injury as soon as possible in order to help his club stay in the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has featured in just nine league games this season due to a series of injuries. He picked up a foot injury in December and played through pain, but it got worse against Wolverhampton Wanderers in March
Leeds said last week the player would be out for at least six weeks. “I think I was trying to get through the pain and almost forced myself to come back a bit to try to help the team,” Bamford said.
“Without wanting to sound big-headed, I knew I had a big role to play. I really wanted to come back.”
“When I went to Wolves, if I’m being honest with myself, I should have said no. But then they kept asking if I wanted to play and I said ‘yes’.”
Leeds manager Jesse Marsch hopes Bamford returns for the final two games of the season.
“He claims to be walking better, feeling better, free of pain, which for the last four to six months hasn’t happened,” Marsch said.
Leeds are 16th in the league standings with 29 points after 30 games, seven points above the relegation zone. They will host Southampton on Saturday (2/4). (OL-8)