Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is nearing a first-team comeback as Liverpool travel to Elland Road on Monday.
Marcelo Bielsa has dealt with injuries incredibly well at Leeds United.
Many of his first-team players have suffered over the season, and perhaps the most unlucky has been Forshaw.
A hip injury ended his 2019/20 season in September after seven appearances in the Championship, with surgery needed to correct his issue.
Since then, he hasn’t given up hope of playing for Leeds in the Premier League as his recovery ramps up.
We have seen a number of first-team players go through the motions of under-23 action to build up match fitness this season.
Forshaw hasn’t been lucky enough to get to that point yet.
However, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed on Thursday that Forshaw would feature for the under-23s on Friday evening.
So, Mark Jackson’s side face Aston Villa under-23s tonight, knowing a draw would seal the PL2 Division 2 title.
Three days later, the Whites host Forshaw’s boyhood club, Liverpool, at Elland Road. Phil Hay believes that the 29-year-old has a chance of featuring on Monday in that iconic fixture.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show Podcast, Hay stated:
If he plays for the 23s v Aston Villa and is fine and has no after effects, then he’ll either go onto another u23s game or quickly come into the first-team reckoning.
Bielsa has such a high opinion of him and thinks there’s an awful lot of talent there and sees that he can be influential in his team.
I don’t think it’s been softly, softly or gently, gently from Forshaw in training. He sounds like he is flying.
It’s huge to have Forshaw on the comeback trail as Leeds look to consolidate in the top half.
We’ve almost had to learn to play without him at this point, he’s been gone that long. The reaction of most fans is the same, really.
Having him back up to speed is more important for him than the club. It allows him to potentially have something to play for next season.
I’m not convinced he still has a long-term future at Leeds, but giving him this recovery time could easily restore that’s belief.
Bielsa rates Forshaw highly, and that’s enough faith really.