By Craig Scott

15th Dec, 2019 | 8:00pm

MOT View: Leeds need 28y/o back ASAP as draw v Cardiff proves he can be vital player

Leeds United fans have every right to be concerned about Adam Forshaw.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been out of action with a hip injury since September and as it stands, there is still no date set for his return to Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Forshaw impressed at the start of the season when he managed to make seven Championship injuries before his long-term injury setback.

Leeds have so far managed without the former Middlesbrough midfielder with Bielsa’s side sitting top of the table before their 3-3 draw against Cardiff on Saturday.

However, that draw with Cardiff only proved how much the Whites need Forshaw back to full fitness as it exposed a serious lack of depth among Bielsa’s midfield options.

Jamie Shackleton is also injured for Leeds at the moment which meant that when Kalvin Phillips was recently suspended, centre-back Ben White was played in the deeper-lying midfield role.

Had Forshaw been fit, there’s no doubt that he would have played there.

Leeds could have also done with Forshaw in that draw with Cardiff.

When the Bluebirds pulled it back to 3-1, you got the sense that Leeds – and maybe even Bielsa – panicked.

He threw on Eddie Nketiah and Pascal Struijk, who only made the situation worse, as he did not really have any option on the bench that could have made things better.

Had Forshaw been there, there’s no doubt that an experienced midfielder such as him would have been thrown on to help close out the win.

Unfortunately, no one seems to know when Forshaw will be available again.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay recently gave an update on the crocked 28-year-old.

“There’s still no Forshaw [against Cardiff], who I keep getting told is close,” said Hay on the Phil Hay Show, via Spotify [6m1s].

“He was out training when the Under-23s were playing, on his own but doing some fitness work and seemed to be miles away. He isn’t quite there.”

It is a busy time of the year for every club in the Championship and, as seen last season, it can be one that causes issues for Bielsa’s relatively small squad.

If injuries or suspensions stack up any more than they have done, that could cause an issue.

However, for now, Leeds are second in the Championship and 10 points clear of third.

They might be able to afford dropping points here and there every now and then.

In other Leeds United news, fans were thrilled with this one player in the 3-3 draw against Cardiff.