Marcelo Bielsa has delivered the latest Leeds United team news ahead of their trip to West Ham on Monday, and it’s mixed news for two long-term absentees.
Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi are the two longest-serving members of the Leeds team on the injury list at the moment, and will be hoping they can have some impact this season.
The Whites have managed quite well without the two experienced players’ influence this season, but having them around the dressing room would be a huge boost.
Forshaw hasn’t kicked a ball in around 19 months following the initially-seeming innocuous hip injury he picked up at Charlton in September 2019.
Meanwhile, Berardi has managed to tear his ACL, have surgery, rehabilitate, and feature for the under-23s since July 2020.
It’s a hugely contrasting road to recovery for the pair but Marcelo Bielsa shared some mixed news on Forshaw when he was asked whether there was good news on the midfielder.
“I could not assure you.” He said to Leeds Live.
“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.”
It’s got to the point where our side has evolved so much that we don’t really have a place for him in the first-team.
Jamie Shackleton has stepped in very well as a dynamic midfielder that can move the ball quickly through midfield.
It’s such a shame that he’s had virtually no impact on our promotion-winning season or our first season back in the Premier League.
However, the fact that Bielsa is continuing to remain positive around Forshaw suggests there might still be a place for him at Elland Road.