The Athletic’s Phil Hay has confirmed that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw has suffered a major injury setback.
The midfielder only recently returned to first-team action for Marcelo Bielsa’s side following a considerable period of time out injured, and Hay has now revealed that he is set for another spell on the side-lines.
He said: “Raphinha indicated during the game that he needed to come off. Forshaw not in the squad today – he’s torn a leg muscle, Bielsa says. Probably looking at a month out but no real timeframe yet. #lufc”
While Leeds fans will no doubt be sympathetic to Forshaw’s wretched luck with injuries, what they surely won’t be happy about is the fact the club didn’t spend a penny on a new central midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Reports linked them with a move for Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien but their haggling over a transfer fee meant that the Whites pulled out before transfer deadline day.
That decision not to spend on a new midfielder and retain their faith in Bielsa’s current options seems to have back-fired massively, with the Whites now currently lying in the bottom three of the Premier League table.
Writing for The Athletic earlier this summer, Hay actually backed Forshaw to enjoy a redemption season this year, saying: “Can his body hold up? Could he adapt quickly to the pace of the Premier League? The thing about Forshaw is that he is one of Bielsa’s favourite players at Leeds; someone who Bielsa has genuinely been heard to describe privately as having the right attributes for a Champions League side.”
But now, with him set to be out for a month or perhaps even longer given there’s no real timeframe just yet, Leeds’ midfield options look very bare to say the least.