By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

22nd Nov, 2019 | 10:30am

Exclusive: 'A strange one' – Paul Robinson verdict on Forshaw after latest injury news

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Paul Robinson has said that Adam Forshaw is a “big miss” for Leeds United as he struggles to get fit from a hip injury that’s kept him out of the last seven games. 

Forshaw last played 90 minutes for Leeds in the 1-0 defeat to Swansea back in August.

He missed two games and then played 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Charlton in September, and hasn’t been seen since.

Marcelo Bielsa said on Thursday in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Luton game on Saturday that there’s still no timescale for his return.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Forshaw seemed to come in and then disappear again. It’s a strange one because it seems to be an injury that’s niggled him for a while.

“He’s not old, he’s in his late 20s now, so it’s an injury he needs to get right for himself.

“I think he was a good acquisition when he signed in 2018, I think his energy and his enthusiasm in the midfield, it’s been like an engine room.

“He’s an old-fashioned midfielder if you like, for want of a better phrase, he is a little bit tenacious. I think he’s been a big miss because I think he’s a leader as well – it’s very frustrating for him as well being out for this length of time with the injury.

“An injury like that (hip) is so frustrating for players. It’s so frustrating because it’s not like a muscle tear, it’s not like you’ve pulled your hamstring and there’s any kind of time on it.

“Hips are always a strange one because you don’t really know how long you’re going to be out for until you’re right. It’s one that you’re always treating, it affects your daily everyday life as well so it’s something he needs to get right.”

Talking in the Yorkshire Evening Post in October, Bielsa said, “Adam is a great professional. He is working hard to try to get out of this situation. The same as all the medical staff. They go with him, they help him and they are involved to try to improve the situation as soon as possible.”

Also in October, as quoted by BBC journalist Adam Pope, Bielsa admitted that Forshaw was a big miss for Leeds and said he was a player that defended like Kalvin Phillips and attacked like Mateusz Klich. He added, “You don’t find many players with this characteristic”.

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