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Noel Whelan says Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw must be frustrated after his lengthy layoff through injury at Elland Road.

The former Leeds striker and boyhood fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says there was obviously something seriously wrong with the senior star which kept him on the sidelines despite a lack of updates.

Reporting from the club’s press conference on Thursday, journalist Graham Smyth revealed that Forshaw was set to step up his recovery and be back training outside after the game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Having seen the 28-year-old miss the last 17 league games as a result of his ongoing injury problem, Whelan says he will be frustrated that there has not been a clear recovery date to look forward to.

Whelan told Football Insider: “He’s been out a long, long time now and we’ve not been sure when he was going to be back, it must be very frustrating.

“Even when he does come back he’s got to get back to match sharpness again. There’s obviously been a massive issue because he’s been out for such a long time now.

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“We haven’t known for a long time now when he’s going to be back.”

Forshaw had started the club’s opening six Championship fixtures this season but has not featured at all since the end of September.

He suffered a number of injury setbacks during the 2018/19 campaign as well, missing 14 games in the league.

In other Leeds United news, Football Insider can reveal the club are in talks over signing an 11-goal striker.