Danny Mills has backed Adam Forshaw to fully recover from his hip injury and play for Leeds United again.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Whites and England defender insisted the midfielder’s ability is still the same and there is “no reason” why he cannot play for the club again.
Forshaw last played for Leeds in August 2019 and Marcelo Bielsa revealed in his press conference this week he was in a “good moment” with his injury.
The Argentine added: “What is true is he works tirelessly and continuously. He makes the maximum effort to come back and play.”
However, he was not fit enough to feature in Leeds Under-23s 2-0 victory over Wolves which saw the return of club-record signing Rodrigo Moreno.
Asked whether we will ever see Forshaw play for Leeds again, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “There’s no reason why he can’t.
“It’s tough when you’ve been a ‘lifer’ with a long-term injury. I’ve been there many times coming back from six, eight-month layoffs.
“It’s not easy to get that confidence back in yourself and then kick on.
“His ability is the same, his mind is the same. If he can get back that power, strength and speed then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be the same player.”
Forshaw played 30 Championship games in Bielsa’s first season in charge of the Yorkshire giants and has 52 Leeds games under his belt across all competitions.
His contract at Elland Road expires at the end of next season.