Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw completes an hour against York City after 18 MONTHS with a hip injury … but Marcelo Bielsa insists ‘there is still some time to go’ before he is ready for the Premier League
- Leeds’ Adam Forshaw completed an hour of football after being injured for 18 months
- The midfielder played in a scratch game against York City after a hip injury
- Marcelo Bielsa said Forshaw has ‘some time to go’ before he is ready for the Premier League
Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw took a positive step towards recovery on Saturday after coming through 60 minutes of a scratch game against York City.
The 29-year-old has been out for 18 months with a nasty hip injury that has left him questioning his future, but he hopes he is finally close to recovery and a return to the Leeds first team.
Forshaw played in 32 games during the first season of Marcelo Bielsa in charge of Elland Road and is still well appreciated by the Argentinian coach who has commented on the midfielder’s professionalism and dedication to getting back into full fitness.
Leeds’ Adam Forshaw played his first football in 18 months in a scratch match against York City
But boss Marcelo Bielsa said Forshaw has ‘some time to go’ to get back on the squad
Forshaw, a former Everton intern, has been involved in the training of the first team, but is being scaled back with a view to a possible comeback in the coming weeks.
He came through unscathed for an hour, showing off some of his old accents in a game that also saw Jack Harrison get a runout.
Bielsa can afford to be cautious, especially after appearances like those his side produced against Manchester City on Saturday, but it is well known that he wants more options in midfield.
Discussing Forshaw last week, Bielsa said, ‘The timing for (Adam) Forshaw, even if he’s been in a positive moment for 10 days, we have to measure it in months.
‘In principle, he has not played for two seasons and to be able to play 90 minutes in a high league after he is healthy, you have to wait a while before you are ready for that.
Forshaw made 32 appearances during Bielsa’s first season at Leeds in the championship
He’s healthy and has two months left to prove he’s finally over his troubles.
“We all hope it will be because he is a very important player and he has gone to a tremendous amount of effort to overcome the situation he has been through.”
Forshaw still has a year on contract and would like to play in the top flight under Bielsa.
Leeds wants to add at least two new midfielders and a left back in the summer.