Leeds United have been hit by the news summer signing Patrick Bamford has been ruled out for four months because of a posterior cruciate ligament injury.
The 25-year-old striker only moved to Elland Road from Middlesbrough in the transfer window for an initial £7million fee, but he has struggled for first-team action because of the form of Kemar Roofe in the Whites' unbeaten start which sees them lead the Championship on goal difference after six games.
Bamford has yet to score in five Championship appearances coming off the substitutes' bench, while he has started their two Carabao Cup games, scoring once in the 2-1 win against Bolton.
Patrick is in the best possible hands, he will be back available to us during an important part of the season.Victor Orta
He was given a run-out in last Friday's Under-23 game against Bristol City where he suffered a knee injury which the club have confirmed will sideline him until the New Year.
Club director of football Victor Orta said: "This is clearly disappointing news for Patrick and for everyone at Leeds United.
"Patrick has settled in well, quickly becoming an important player for Marcelo Bielsa and a popular part of the group.
"We have an excellent medical team at the club and Patrick is in the best possible hands, he will be back available to us during an important part of the season and he will still play a key role in our campaign."
Leeds' head of medicine and performance Rob Price added: "Patrick is a very fit footballer and whilst this is a setback for all concerned, we have spoken to some of the best consultants in the country to make the correct diagnosis quickly.
"My team will work with Patrick to get him back involved with the first team as fast as possible."
Leeds, who are 2/1 to win the Championship this season, return to action on Saturday with a trip to Millwall, where they are 15/8 to pick up three points. The Lions are priced at 17/10 to win and the draw is 23/10.
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