By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Nov, 2021 | 11:08am

Adam Forshaw grateful to be back for Leeds United

Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw started a Premier League game for the club for the first time last Sunday in the 1-1 draw against Leicester City.

It was the 30-year-old’s sixth official appearance for the Whites since spending almost 700 days out injured, and he is now looking to establish himself in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team.

With the international break still on as countries wrap up their World Cup qualifiers, Forshaw is not pleased that the break has disrupted his chance to see action this weekend.

The Englishman told Sunday People: “The last two years have been horrific, I won’t lie. It started off with what I thought was just a muscle injury and we tried and tried everything for four or five months.

“Unfortunately I had to go for a number of surgeries, but I just kept plugging away and rehabbing despite set back after setback.

“Eventually I got there but the physios and staff helped to me to give everything to get back on the pitch and I’m grateful for that. I’ve been symptom-free for a long time and felt really good out there against Leicester.

“I wish there was a game this week because I just want to go on a roll now and get a bit of rhythm back.

“For me personally, the international break has come at a bad time. But starting against Leicester was a big moment for me and my family, so I’m pleased.”

Understandable

Forshaw is eager to return to action after last weekend, which is normal for someone who did not kick a ball for almost two years.

Training has continued at Thorp Arch for the Leeds players who are not involved in international action, but that cannot be compared to the matchday adrenaline and the excitement that comes with getting on the pitch.

Forshaw impressed against the Foxes and could be involved in the proceedings when the Whites visit Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

Leeds need to start picking up a lot of points after their struggles this term, and the Everton academy graduate will hope to continue proving that Bielsa can rely on him.

He will not be getting those wasted months back, but he can make up for them in the coming ones by playing a key role for the Elland Road outfit at such a moment.

The next international break is in March, so Forshaw has all the time in the world to get his match rhythm and fitness to peak level.

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