By Noel Whelan

28th Jul, 2021 | 4:30pm

Whelan 'amazed' by what he heard at Leeds as Forshaw makes return

Noel Whelan is over the moon to see Adam Forshaw get minutes for Leeds United in pre-season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Whites ambassador, who was at the game against Guiseley on Tuesday night, recalled the “amazing cheer” the fans gave the 29-year-old when he entered the pitch.

Forshaw has not featured for Leeds United’s first team for 22 months because of a hip injury.

On Tuesday, he made his eagerly anticipated return as a second-half substitute as a young Whites side ran out 3-2 victors over Guiseley.

Whelan hopes the centre-midfielder can continue his recovery over the next few months to play a part in the upcoming season.

“Hopefully it’s the first of many,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“The cheer he got from the crowd when he came on was just amazing.

“It has been such a long time for Adam to get back to that point last night. It must have felt great.

“Yes, it was just a short amount of time but it is a big step in the process of him coming back to full fitness. It was great to see him out there in a competitive match, it really was.

“Hopefully he will be a big part of this season. Touch wood there is no more injuries or niggles and this is the start of a fantastic season for him.”

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