Injury expert Ben Dinnery has delivered his “worrying” response to the problem suffered by Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw.
The truth: cruel blow
Returning to the fold last season after missing 71 games with a long-standing hip problem, Forshaw was ruled out of the final weeks of the 2021/22 campaign after fracturing his kneecap while training at Thorp Arch.
The 30-year-old missed six games in the race as Los Blancos beat the drop on the final day and were looking to get fit ahead of the new term when they picked up the injury in the pre-season friendly 1- 1. draw against Crystal Palace, a meeting which also saw summer signing Luis Sinisterra limp with a hamstring problem.
After the game, Leeds boss Jesse Marsch confirmed the cultured midfielder had ‘twisted his knee’ following numerous collisions, although the nature of the latter issue is less of a concern than the current trend. for an informed viewer…
The latest: “More worrying…”
Speaking to Football Insider, Dinnery – who run the Premier Injuries site and regularly contributes to Sky Sports – suggested Forshaw may suffer on a personal level after picking up another injury.
He said: “The injury itself is not that worrying, but the context at Leeds is more worrying. We will have to wait and see the severity of the injury. Sometimes we don’t want to read too much about what we see in pre-season. You hope it was more of a precautionary measure.
“It will be heartbreaking for him on a personal level. We are on the cusp of a new season and he missed the last four or five weeks of last season. He would have hoped to get a good start, but it could have an impact on that.
Verdict: Problem solved?
After losing Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City and Forshaw to a string of injuries, Leeds wasted no time in bolstering the engine room of the Elland Road ranks, signing an abundance of midfield options conventional to Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Darko Gyabi, essentially dealing with the potentially problematic area immediately.
Despite the reinforcements, Marsch hopes to have the £1.8million man at his disposal when the season starts against Wolves and beyond.
Last season, Forshaw – who has been described as a ‘class player’ by Leeds reporter James Marshment on his return to the side – has made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Whites and will no doubt be seen as an important member of first-team plans given his 300 career appearances experience.