Phil Hay has claimed that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is “stuck in a corner” and there are no indications that he will return soon.

Forshaw has been missing since September last year and has still not recovered from his hip injury that required surgery in Colorado.

There were indications that Forshaw was closing in on his return at the start of this season, but that has yet to happen and Leeds have played 10 games.

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Speaking on the Phil Hay Show, he claimed that there is a serious concern that Forshaw just won’t be able to get back to full fitness.

“The intention initially was to just massage him through the initial period, nobody thought it was particularly serious,” he said.

“It was just a case of when he got to the point of trying to push it a little bit further, there was too much pain. It’s very difficult to tell whether these are fresh setbacks or he’s taking longer than everybody expects.

“At the moment it’s extremely difficult to predict when we’re going to see him again. He’s kind of stuck in a corner, and no indication of when he’s going to get out of it.”

Hay wasn’t able to answer definitively on whether there was a setback or not, but there surely has to have been given gigantic injury lay-off.

Forshaw is certainly stuck in a corner, and there will be questions raised over whether or not the Whites should cut their losses and show him the exit door sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old was last in the Premier League back in 2017 with Middlesbrough, making 30 starts and impressing – making nearly two tackles a game according to WhoScored.

Those numbers nearly doubled after moving to Elland Road, but after more than 15 months out, that would be a big ask for him to have a similar impact.

Marcelo Bielsa likes his players to feature for the under-23s before returning to the first-team, and as it stands, we certainly won’t be seeing Forshaw until 2021.

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