The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has given a hugely encouraging Adam Forshaw update by stating that the Leeds United midfielder could possibly make the squad vs Liverpool.
The midfielder has not played a single minute of Premier League football this season after being ruled out with a hip injury.
Recently, he returned to the Under-23s and played for 60 minutes in a friendly game against York City.
He is in contention to feature against the Aston Villa u-23s later on Friday and has a chance to guide Leeds to the Division 2 Premier League 2 title.
Speaking about the possibility of him returning to the first-team fold for the Liverpool game on The Phil Hay Show, Hay said, “If he plays for the 23s v Aston Villa and is fine and has no after effects, then he’ll either go onto another u23s game or quickly come into the first-team reckoning.
“Bielsa has such a high opinion of him and thinks there’s an awful lot of talent there and sees that he can be influential in his team.
“I don’t think it’s been softly, softly or gently, gently from Forshaw in training. He sounds like he is flying.”
Hay was asked if Forshaw was a Liverpool fan by Michael Normanton and Hay said, “I’m absolutely certain he is so he’d be chuffed to bits if he came back for this.”
“A fairy-tale return”, said Normanton.
Hay claims that Forshaw is a Liverpool fan, so it would be a remarkable way to make his return after missing nearly two seasons of football against the team he grew up watching.
There have been a lot of positives coming from Leeds’ training about the 29-year-old, and it’s surely only a matter of when and not if he makes his first-team return.
Personally, we think Monday’s came will come too soon even if he does put in a really strong display in tonight’s Under-23s game.
However, it’s beginning to sound like he will make his first-team return before too long.
Forshaw played 32 league games in Bielsa’s first season at the club.
Leeds would be hoping that he can keep up his fitness as he’s been seen as a Kalvin Phillips backup.
This could save the Whites the ordeal of going into the transfer market for an understudy and instead could look to strengthen in key areas like left-back, attacking midfield, and maybe even a striker.
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