By David Woods

1st Sep, 2020 | 2:10pm

Graham Smyth delivers Forshaw fitness update ahead of Leeds PL opener

Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has delivered positive fitness updates for Leeds United players Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw.

Smyth thinks that Phillips will be fit to play in the Premier League opener after travelling with England this week. He missed the last three games of last season through injury.

Smyth also said that “noises have been positive” about Forshaw, who has been out of action with a hip injury and subsequent surgery since early on in the 19/20 campaign.

Talking on the new episode of the All Stats Aren’t We podcast, Smyth said, “Kalvin Phillips is joining up with England so you have to believe he’s fit.

“Forshaw, the last I heard, he wasn’t fully involved with full-on training but they were getting to the point where they were looking at that.

“It’s been a long, long injury… The noises have been positive but I’m not sure he’d be ready for Liverpool

“I’m really hopeful we’ll get good news on him soon.”

Forshaw made a return to training in August but this has been a very long road back for the midfielder.

He picked up the injury after the game against Swansea at the end of last August – almost one year to the day today.

He missed two games after that before playing 45 minutes against Charlton at the end of September and exacerbating the problem. That’s the last time he played.

He eventually went for surgery and has been rehabbing since.

It’s still going to be touch and go for Forshaw. MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson said a hip injury like this was potentially “life-changing” and far more complicated than other problems.

Forshaw had hit some of his best form for Leeds in the opening games of last season and he’ll be a huge addition to the Premier League squad if he is able to get fit.

People talk about new signings but after a year out this would be just like picking up a new player.

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