The Athletic’s Phil Hay relayed the news from manager Jesse Marsch’s press conference, he said:
“Marsch starting on injuries: Forshaw has a twisted ankle and will miss the weekend.”
The long-serving 30-year-old has featured four times for the Yorkshiremen this season, including a start in their League Cup win over Barnsley, and is the only true backup to starting duo Marc Roca and Tyler Adams.
Marsch clearly views the former Middlesbrough man as a very big part of the squad as he considers him one of five players in the leadership group behind the scenes.
“He’s set up a leadership group with us five and Rodrigo,” Forshaw told the Daily Mail recently. “He sees the importance in the lads who have experience.”
Indeed, Forshaw played an essential role in Leeds’ relegation battle, with his leadership and tenacity proving crucial in the absence of the now-departed Kalvin Phillips.
After the arrivals of Roca and Adams in the summer, Marsch reiterated Forshaw’s importance to both him and the squad, he told reporters (via LeedsLive):
“Adam’s an important player for us. He’s a big leader for us. He helped set up [a] couple of goals with some of the plays he made. He’s a very reliable leader and player for us. No question.”
Since arriving in the dugout, the American has suffered from numerous injury problems, including some devastating ones to his key stars, ranging from captain Liam Cooper to leading talisman Patrick Bamford.
Forshaw himself has also had a miserable past with injuries, so this latest setback will be a gutting blow, having missed as many over 77 matches since his arrival in January 2018.
Therefore, his absence is frustrating news, both on and off the pitch, for the Leeds manager, the supporters and the midfielder, too.