By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

7th Jan, 2020 | 12:31pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson claims Leeds have a 'real problem' after Bielsa injury update

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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds have a real problem with the injury to Adam Forshaw, that’s kept him out for the last 17 Championship games. 

His hip injury has turned into a much more serious issue than was originally thought and Marcelo Bielsa admitted in his press conference ahead of the Arsenal clash: “He has a problem in his hip and he cannot recover 100 percent.”

Hip injuries can be notoriously tricky to recover from and you have to be 100 percent before you can even start training properly again.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Yeah it clearly is a real problem for Leeds now and it’s clearly an issue that needs to be sorted out.

“It’s never good when a player is out for that long, and a hip injury is a difficult one as well because it can’t easily be fixed with surgery. It’s more of a life injury, something you’re going to have to live with and decide how it’s going to affect your life going forward.

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“It’s not a torn hamstring, a torn calf, it’s clearly something that is an issue for him and whether he needs an operation to sort it out, it’s going to take time.

“It needs to be put right as the player and the club can’t rush an injury like that, as with something like the hip you have to get it 100% right or it is going to continue.”

Leeds have really missed the presence of Forshaw in the middle this season and it could even necessitate another January signing if the injury looks like it’s going to persist through the second half of the season.

It’s a real shame personally, too, for a player who had started showing real form for Leeds.

Forshaw has been training on his own for Leeds but it still doesn’t look like a return to full training or first-team action is expected any time soon.

An operation would likely rule him out for the rest of the season.

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