Leeds United are looking at welcoming back a handful of players to their squad in the coming weeks, and Adam Forshaw is one of them.
Leeds have battled through key injuries all the way through Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure at Elland Road, and the 2019/20 season saw one of the most bizarre setbacks we’ve seen.
Adam Forshaw was an integral part to Leeds’ early success in the promotion-winning Championship campaign, but failed to play a single minute after the away trip to Charlton in September.
A hip injury forced Forshaw into surgery and he has yet to make his return to the Leeds squad since.
The injury seemed somewhat minor at the time, but Forshaw’s failure to recover from it has put his Leeds United future in a precarious position.
Forshaw hasn’t played for the Whites in nearly 19 months and faces a battle to get himself fit for the remainder of this season, with Bielsa’s fitness standards incredibly high.
However, he does appear to be edging closer to a return to at least the under-23s as his rehabilitation led to his inclusion in first-team training this week.
LUTV released a video of this week’s preparations for Fulham, where Forshaw featured amongst the rest of the first-team:
There is no telling how close he is to playing competitively, but this is the biggest indication he’s closer than ever to making that happen.
Most fans will have consigned to the thought that Forshaw won’t ever play for us again, but to have him back amongst the rest of the squad could be a huge boost.
Having a player of his experience around players who might never have played in the top flight before is key in the run-in.
We could do with a player of his abilities as we look to get more points on the board and stay well clear of the relegation zone.
The midfield has been one cause for concern this season with our lack of depth, and adding a fit Forshaw to the mix for the remaining handful of games could help.