Adam Forshaw out for season with knee fracture: Early Leeds United team news v Crystal Palace
Adam Forshaw is out for the rest of the Leeds United season after suffering a fractured knee cap in training Jesse Marsch has confirmed.
The midfielder had only just returned to training after missing the victory at Watford, but now has a fractured patella, sustained in a knock at Thorp Arch and will miss the rest of the year.
However Kalvin Phillips is now back to “100%” and will start at Selhurst Park.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday (22 April), Marsch said that it was “unfortunate” that Forshaw had suffered such an injury.
He said: “He was back in training and he took a knock in a collision on his knee cap and unfortunately he fractured the kneecap.
“It’s a six-week injury so that puts him out for the season.
“Adam is one of the guys in the team that I think gives more to the group and does everything he can to think about the team, so for us it’s obviously painful.”
But he pointed to the good news of Phillips being back to full fitness after being eased back from a long term problem of his own.
Marsch said: “The one silver lining we have is that Kalvin is back to 100%. Kalvin will start.”
Finish the job
In light of the strong run of form that Marsch has been able to produce from his team the relegation threat quickly subsided.
But despite a four-game streak matched only by Liverpool and bettered by no team in the league, the drop is still not beaten.
Rivals Everton picked up a point against Leicester during the week, then Burnley beat Southampton and are suddenly looking resurgent without Sean Dyche.
After a 16-day gap between fixtures caused by the Chelsea game being rearranged for their FA Cup semi-final it is vital that the players haven’t lost all their momentum.
It would only take another dip in form coupled with sides around them digging out results and the stress levels could ramp up again suddenly.
Palace are a much different prospect than they were last season, but the Whites really should be a match for them, and anything aside from a defeat would maintain some consistency ahead of a tough run in.
In other Leeds United news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the result of the game for BBC Sport.