Marcelo Bielsa has at least given an optimistic fitness update on Leeds United’s Adam Forshaw, who hasn’t played a game since September 2019.
Forshaw, 29, is somewhat of a forgotten man at Elland Road that hasn’t featured for such a long time due to his serious hip injury.
The central midfielder watched from the sidelines his teammates gain promotion from the Championship last season, plus he’s seen them do an excellent job during a first campaign back in the Premier League.
It’s unclear on when he may be available again, but Whites manager Bielsa has explained he’s in a “positive moment” as he continues to work his way back to fitness.
But it sounds like it may be sometime still due to the fact Leeds can’t rush him back.
“I could not assure you. He’s been absent for a long time now. He’s in a positive moment in his recovery, but that moment has to be extended for a while longer without any setbacks. For this to allow him to return to competitive football, what is true is he works tirelessly and continuously. He makes the maximum effort to come back and play,” Bielsa said, as quoted by Leeds Live.
Forshaw will feel like a new signing when fit again, although whether he can get back to his best after such a long layoff remains to be seen.
The Englishman is a midfield engine with a great work-rate and quality on the ball, which is why he was an important player under Argentine Bielsa before his injury setback.
Forshaw was one of the Leeds individuals that had top-flight experience before this season.
Fortunately, the squad has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and it seems crazy that they were in the Championship last year.