Leeds United star Forshaw's injury return date named by expert

By Ben Dinnery

20th Jan, 2022 | 12:28pm

Medical expert names exact Forshaw return date after another Leeds star 'breaks down'

Adam Forshaw could return to action for Leeds United in their first game after the intenational break against Aston Villa on 9 February.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Forshaw was forced off with a hamstring injury in the early stages of Leeds’ 3-2 win over West Ham last Sunday (16 January).

It was the midfielder’s 10th successive league start after almost two years on the sidelines with a hip injury.

The 30-year-old revealed in an Instagram post on Monday (17 January) that his most recent blow is just a “small” muscle issue.

Dinnery predicted that the clash against Newcastle United on Saturday (22 January) will come to soon but that Forshaw will return imminently.

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You’re always going to have a period of adaptation,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“You can play all the development matches and do all the training, but nothing quite prepares you for playing in the Premier League under Bielsa.

He has had such a heavily disrupted period of time. The games are coming thick and fast and Bielsa isn’t in a position to rotate heavily.

“Players are being overworked and overloaded. So it comes as no surprise to see that Forshaw is one of those players to have suffered a breakdown.

“Fortunately, it doesn’t look to be too serious. I don’t see any issues with that would rule him out for longer than after the break.

“Different players respond to injuries in different ways. For a grade one tear, you could be looking at anywhere between seven to 21 days.

“If it’s a minor strain, it’s more likely to be 10 to 14 days. But if it’s a grade two, two to four weeks is more realistic.”

“However, as it’s just a minor injury, I fully expect to see him back right after that break.”

Forshaw provided the assist for Jack Harrison’s 10th-minutes opener against West Ham.

He signed a new contract last Friday (14 January) keeping him at the club until 2023.

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