Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has spoken of his happiness at Adam Forshaw returning to action for the Whites this week.
The Lowdown: Forshaw suffers injury hell
While Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been thriving back in the Premier League, Forshaw has been going through a horrible time of things.
The midfielder has been plagued by a hip injury that has kept him out of action for 22 months, meaning he hasn’t featured since the beginning of the 2019/20 campaign.
Forshaw made a triumphant return to action in Leeds’ 3-2 win over Guiseley on Tuesday night, however, coming on as a second-half substitute.
The Latest: Whelan delighted with midfielder’s comeback
“Hopefully it’s the first of many. The cheer he got from the crowd when he came on was just amazing.
“It has been such a long time for Adam to get back to that point last night. It must have felt great.
“Yes, it was just a short amount of time but it is a big step in the process of him coming back to full fitness. It was great to see him out there in a competitive match, it really was.
“Hopefully he will be a big part of this season. Touch wood there is no more injuries or niggles and this is the start of a fantastic season for him.”
The Verdict: Can Forshaw stay fit?
It is going to be extremely difficult for Forshaw to become a regular for Leeds again, considering the severity of his injury and the level the Whites are now playing at.
That doesn’t mean the 29-year-old can’t still play a part as a squad player, however, assuming he proves to Bielsa that he is worth persevering with.
To have even returned to the pitch is a triumph in itself for Forshaw and he deserves every piece of luck that comes his way from this point onwards – perhaps he could provide the additional midfield depth the Whites are seeking after missing out on Conor Gallagher?
In other news, Leeds are reportedly keen on signing a Euro 2020 star this summer. Find out who it is here.
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