By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

20th Feb, 2020 | 8:43am

Exclusive: 'Big miss' – Paul Robinson claims Leeds injury will hurt promotion hopes

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Paul Robinson has said that Adam Forshaw will be a “big miss” for Leeds as they home in on promotion to the Premier League.

The 28-year-old midfielder has been ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery for a hip problem.

Forshaw hasn’t played since the game against Charlton in September after showing some really good early season form.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said that Leeds would be weaker without Forshaw and that it would hurt their promotion hopes.

“Forshaw has been a big miss for Leeds all season,” Robinson said, “and he’ll be a big miss for the rest of the season.

“Hip injuries are always difficult ones and the problem is that it’s not an injury that’s easily solved by surgery.”

Forshaw posted a picture of himself on an exercise bike after his surgery and he is now recuperating at The Steadman Clinic in Colorado.

However, Robinson believes it’s going to be a tough road back.

“It’s one he’s got to get right for him for the rest of his life, not just for football. It’s more of a life injury, something you’re going to have to live with.

“He will be a real miss for Leeds for the run-in this season.”

Forshaw has been out for so long it’s easy to forget what he bought to the team.

But Leeds only conceded three goals in six games when he was available and when Forshaw and Phillips were in the side together, Bielsa’s men looked unstoppable.

Phillips was out for three games through suspension recently and Forshaw would have been the natural replacement.

The hope will be that his recovery goes well and that he’s available for pre-season – hopefully in the Premier League.

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