Leeds United will be without Adam Forshaw for their upcoming Championship encounter with Derby County, according to a report by The Yorkshire Evening Post.
Marcelo Bielsa had revealed in his pre-match press conference that the midfielder was unavailable as he continues to struggle with a hip injury.
That medical issue meant the 27-year-old had to sit out of the Yorkshire derby with Barnsley at Oakwell last weekend as well as he failed a late fitness test.
Although Leeds managed to get past Barnsley last weekend without Forshaw, the midfielder’s unavailability for the Derby clash could be a huge blow to Bielsa’s side and their chances of overcoming their fierce promotion rivals.
Having lost to the Rams in the play-offs last season, there may be a desire to exact their revenge on the team now led by Phillip Cocu, but that task might just be a little more difficult without the 27-year-old in the side.
Forshaw appears to have been playing at a high standard for the Whites this season and has been an individual that has had an impact in all areas of the field for the Elland Road.
According to the data compiled by WhoScored, the midfielder has completed 90.8% of his passes, has averaged two shots per match and has assisted one goal. Defensively, he has averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances as he helps to protect the back four.
Forshaw appears to have become a mainstay for Bielsa this season as he has featured in six of their seven Championship matches so far, so he will likely be missed at the weekend.
However, perhaps, Leeds will be able to cope without him for their clash against Derby with the likes of Jamie Shackleton available for selection – a player who put in a fine performance against Barnsley in last weekend’s match (per WhoScored).
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