Adam Forshaw is closing in on a long-awaited return to first team action for Leeds United, according to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay.
Forshaw has had a terrible time of things in the last few seasons, with a serious hip problem keeping him out of action since the early months of the 2019/20 campaign.
The 29-year-old was an important member of the squad before his setback, playing regularly in the 2018/19 promotion near-miss, but he has had to watch from the sidelines as Leeds secured their place to the Premier League last year and subsequently impressed in the top flight.
Forshaw has featured for the under-23s in recent days, however, which suggests that he may be set to return to the senior setup before the end of the season.
Hay suggests Forshaw’s return is close
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic after Leeds’ 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool on Monday, Hay confirmed that the midfielder may be back on the pitch sooner rather than later as Marcelo Bielsa’s men prepare to host Manchester United on Sunday. The journalist said:
“He won’t be far away because he’s been making very good progress in the past four or five weeks – the sort of progress which makes Leeds think he’s finally over the worst.”
Transfer Tavern take
If Forshaw manages to play a part this season, getting some Premier League minutes in his legs, it will be a heartwarming moment for a popular figure at Elland Road.
There is the obvious risk that his long absence may have taken an edge of his playing ability, but considering the Whites now don’t have too much to play for in 2020/21, there is no great risk in throwing him back in at some point in the coming weeks.
Even if it’s the odd cameo, Forshaw deserves his moment in the sun, having gone through such a horrible period in his career.
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