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Paul Robinson has said he is “thrilled” for Adam Forshaw after it was confirmed that he will make his competitive return for Leeds on Friday night after 18 months out with injury.
Forshaw hasn’t played since the start of the 19/20 Championship campaign but came through an Under-23s friendly last weekend.
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that Forshaw would play for the Under-23s tonight in his pre-match press conference from Thorp Arch on Thursday afternoon.
Robinson added that Forshaw would be “like a new signing” but that Leeds wouldn’t be able to rely on him 100% for next season because of his injury record.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I’m thrilled for the lad, the fact that he’s been out for so long and that he can now get out on the pitch and play a game is brilliant.
“It’s absolutely brilliant for him but it’s also brilliant for the squad to have an experienced player like him back in the dressing room.
“He’s not just at the training ground, he’s coming back into the fold.
“You’ll get that voice back in the dressing room and for Marcelo Bielsa it will feel like a new signing.
“He can be the player that plays in the Mateusz Klich position next season and he can provide cover for Kalvin Phillips.
“Saying that, I still think Leeds need to sign someone because of his injury record.
“Even if he played the last five games of the season it would be hard to rely on him 100% for next season given his injury record.
“That might be unfair but when you look at it from a balanced point of view the club just can’t take the risk for a full season.
“It’s fantastic to see him back and he’s like a new signing but can he stay fit? That’s going to be the big question.”
Plenty of Leeds fans will be watching the Under-23s game tonight and hoping that Forshaw does come through it unscathed.
They’ll also be watching to hopefully see the Under-23s lift the Premier League 2 Division 2 trophy – Mark Jackson’s side only need a point to be promoted as champions.
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