By Craig Scott

15th Feb, 2020 | 7:00am

'Toughest time of my career' - Leeds senior player pictured on crutches

Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is in a positive mood after undergoing surgery in Colorado on a hip injury that has seen him sidelined since September.

Forshaw, 28, is set to miss the rest of the campaign after being forced to jet out to the USA for an operation on his hip.

Leeds had hardly offered any proper update on the former Middlesbrough midfielder throughout his spell on the sidelines until earlier this week when it was confirmed that surgery was the only option.

Now, Forshaw has taken to his personal Instagram account to upload an image of himself on crutches after undergoing a procedure in the States.

“Toughest time of my career but I’m on the mend now,” said Forshaw. “Thank you for all the messages. Confident I’ll see you all in the Premier League.”

Despite the setback, Forshaw appears to be in a buoyant mood and is still excited about Leeds’ possible promotion hopes this season.

Leeds would more than likely be in a better position that they are in now if Forshaw had been available for most of the time he has been out.

Marcelo Bielsa has been forced to play the likes of Ben White and Stuart Dallas in the midfield due to a lack of central options at times and Forshaw would have been perfect for when the likes of Pablo Hernandez and Kalvin Phillips have been unavailable.

It begs the question as to why the Whites did not sign a replacement for Forshaw in the January window when it was clear that his hip injury was not something that will simply go away overnight.

Leeds just needed to sign a central midfielder who could do a better job than Dallas, they didn’t need someone better than Forshaw.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Thompson has predicted Leeds’ clash against Bristol City.