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Alex McLeish has urged Adam Forshaw to find a loan move out of Leeds United in January in a bid to get his career back on track.

The former Rangers and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested a temporary spell away is exactly what the midfielder needs after over a year without playing.

As revealed by Football Insider, the 29-year-old is primed to join a Championship next month after the club gave a loan move the green light in a bid to build up his fitness.

Forshaw has not played for Leeds since September 2019 after undergoing surgery on a hip problem, while he suffered a setback during the Autumn which pushed back his return date.

With Leeds hoping the midfielder is fit enough to head out and get some game time elsewhere, McLeish has insisted it is the perfect chance for him to build up his confidence both physically and mentally.

Asked if a loan move was the right decision for Forshaw, McLeish told Football Insider, “No doubt about it, Adam should get out there and see if he can find his mojo again and the quality that he showed before these injuries that have blighted his career.

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“So absolutely, 100 per cent, get out there, get a loan deal and rebuild again, because he’s kind of at the peak of his career – three or four more years – then if he can get himself back to the levels of where he feels he wants to be.”

Forshaw has played a total of 52 times for Leeds but is still waiting to score his first goal since joining from Middlesbrough.

He is one of the most experienced players at Elland Road in terms of Premier League minutes, with 35 top-flight appearances under his belt to date.

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