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Noel Whelan has admitted he fears Adam Forshaw may have suffered a “career-threatening” injury after the latest update from Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Whites star insisted it was a “huge worry” the midfielder was still not back on the training pitches after picking up a hip problem last season.

As quoted by Leeds Live, Marcelo Bielsa confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the 29-year-old had still not been able to take part in any sort of football training as he focuses on working his way back to fitness.

Forshaw’s last appearance for Leeds came back in September 2019 as he managed to play just eight times across all competitions last season.

He suffered a setback in September but Bielsa refused to put a timescale on when he might be back in action.

Having heard what the latest on Forshaw was from the Argentine boss, Whelan admitted he is seriously worried about if, not when, the midfielder would return to action.

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Asked how much of a concern Bielsa’s update was, Whelan told Football Insider: “A huge worry because we’ve seen people come back from cruciate ligament injuries quicker than Adam Forshaw has with his injury.

“It is worrying, you would expect that after 14,15 months he would have been well back in training, back joining in with the football, playing some under-23s matches, so this is a really worrying time right now because it’s obviously a lot more serious than we thought.

“The operation obviously hasn’t done the job and it’s coming to the stage where it’s when will we see him and will he actually be back again playing. It seems to me that something is not right, because this is not something you often see.

“We’ve seen more serious injuries, with knees and ligaments etcetera and they’re back very, very quickly. It’s something where I’m thinking is this more serious, could it be career-threatening?”

Forshaw has a total of 52 appearances under his belt for Leeds but is still waiting to score his first goal for the Yorkshire giants.

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