By Craig Scott

12th Nov, 2021 | 10:10pm

Adam Forshaw completely fine after first Premier League start for Leeds United - Phil Hay

Adam Forshaw got through his first full Premier League match for Leeds United unscathed, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Forshaw, 30, completed 90 minutes for the Whites on Sunday as they drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Elland Road.

The midfielder’s display was worth of him winning man of the match, especially as it was the first time he’s played a full league match since returning from almost two years of injury hell.

When players return from such a long absence, there’s an increased chance of injuries reoccurring and fitness issues but Hay reports that Forshaw is completely fine after his midfielder masterclass against the Foxes.

“From what I’m told, he’s been fine after the game,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast.

“The feeling [is] that he came through it [with] no problems and he was able to cope with the pace of the Leicester players, the intensity of their running.”

Forshaw went to extreme lengths to get better during his lengthy spell on the sidelines and Hay adds that the midfielder even had teeth removed to fix issues not relating to his upper body.

He said: “Somebody was telling me that was one of the things he had done was tooth removal.

“There is this chain of thought that the skeleton or body is affected by teeth so if you remove teeth from time to time, it can help with muscular or nerve issues.

“That was one of the many things that was done to him.”


Forshaw’s dentist must have made a lot of money during those two years and we’re wondering whether the 30-year-old has any teeth left due to how long he was out for.

It’s absolutely brilliant that he’s back.

Marcelo Bielsa and Andrea Radrizzani have both banged the drum for the ex-Middlesbrough midfielder and many of us have had doubts about his ability to perform in the Premier League.

Forshaw was a rather underwhelming member of the squad before he started to impress just before his injury hell started so there were people thinking he might not be great in the Premier League.

But when thrown into the midfield to play against one of the most energetic teams in the Premier League, he looked totally at ease.

Forshaw was superb on Sunday and if he can do that in his first full 90 minutes against a team as good as Leicester, he can do it against most teams in the top-flight.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports host claims it’s been “hugely frustrating” to see what’s happened to this Leeds player.