Noel Whelan has admitted he fears the worst for Adam Forshaw after the latest update from Leeds United.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the midfielder could face a fight to ever play again after struggling to recover from a hip injury.

Speaking at his press conference this week, as quoted by Leeds Live, Marcelo Bielsa stated the 29-year-old was at a “positive moment” of his recovery.

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However, the Argentine could not say when he would be back playing, even for the under-23s.

Forshaw made the last of his 52 appearances for Leeds back in September 2019.

Having seen the midfielder struggle for so long, Whelan questioned if he would ever get back to playing top-level football again.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I’m really worried about Forshaw. I’m really worried for his career.

“It’s been far too long. We don’t know the ins and outs, but the fact that he’s miles off the under-23s even, that worries me. It’s not a great sign.

“I would have thought Adam Forshaw would have been back way before now. In contention with the under-23s and back pushing for a place in the first team.

“This really worries me about his future at Leeds and his football future in general with this injury that he has.

“We’ve never been given clarity on it from the club. There’s little updates but it’s not given us a full detailed rundown of what the problem is and you know where he’s at.

“To me, it looks really demoralising for him but drastic in terms of his career and ever playing again.”

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