Leeds United appear to be close to receiving a huge injury boost, with The Athletic reporting that Adam Forshaw came through unscathed as he got 60 minutes under his belt for the under-23s at the weekend.
Forshaw has almost become something of a mythical figure amongst Leeds fans. The midfielder has been sidelined since September 2019.
There have been plenty of times when the hopes of Forshaw returning have been raised, only to be dashed again. But it appears that there is reason for very cautious optimism.
The Athletic notes that Forshaw played for an hour as Leeds’s under-23s beat York City on Saturday. And best of all, the report suggests that he got through the appearance without any significant problems.
The report adds that he is in contention to play for the under-23s on Friday when they return to Premier League 2 action.
Of course, Leeds fans will probably want to avoid getting carried away until Forshaw has a run of first-team games under his belt.
But it is a fantastic sign that he is back playing. Given the setbacks in the past, you would imagine that the club and Forshaw himself may have wanted to delay any comeback until he really is ready.
And if he can build up his fitness in the coming weeks – admittedly, there are only a couple of under-23 games left this term – perhaps it is not out of the question for Forshaw to make a first-team return this season, even if he comes on for the final moments of the last game of the campaign.