Noel Whelan admits that he is bitterly disappointed to hear that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw will be out of action for the rest of the season.

The former Elland Road ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 28-year-old’s experience has been a big miss in the middle of the park.

Leeds confirmed earlier this week that Forshaw would be ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a hip problem, having been suffering with the problem all season.

Whelan says that Forshaw is the second-best option Marcelo Bielsa has as a defensive midfielder, behind Kalvin Phillips, and that it has been frustrating waiting for an official update on the former Boro man.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He started the season off so well, I don’t know why it’s taken so long to come out and say this, it’s taken a long, long time.

“We’ve carried on the season without him, it would have been nice to see him back and have that kind of lift for the side because I think he’s the next best thing we have for Kalvin in that role.

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“On that side of things, it’s disappointing not to have that experience and that quality in the ranks.” 

Forshaw played just seven times this season before his crushing injury blow, his last appearance coming back in late September.

He has a total of 52 appearances under his belt for the Whites after 103 with Middlesbrough and 100 with Brentford.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are set to announce a blockbuster deal this month after extensive negotiations.