Whelan thrilled by 'incredible' Forshaw development at Leeds this week
Noel Whelan has admitted it was “incredible” to see Adam Forshaw back among the Leeds United squad against Manchester United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested many had written off the 29-year-old after his injury problems.
Forshaw was named among a matchday squad for the first time in 687 days at Old Trafford on Saturday, although he remained an unused substitute.
He then played 60 minutes for the under-23s in Monday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
The Liverpool-born midfielder missed much of the 2019/20 season and all the 2020/21 campaign due to a hip problem.
Whelan admitted he was not sure he would see Forshaw in a Leeds squad again.
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He heralded the former Middlesbrough man’s mental strength to come back from his injury nightmare.
“We speak about character and strength of mind in people,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s had to have this strength of mind, this character and this belief that he’s going to get back to where he needed to be over two and a bit years now.
“He was working hard, he had setback after setback. It’s enough to demoralise anybody at the best of times. It’s just so nice to see him back.
“A lot of people weren’t sure whether he was going to come back from this injury. It looked a bit touch and go at times so it’s incredible.
“It was great to see him on the bench on Saturday. It’s great even more now that we’re seeing progression and minutes under his belt. To get fitter and stronger to contribute to the first team when needed.
“It’s another player that’s going to be pushing for places. I’m sure that he’s itching to get back on that first-team team sheet. Yes, they might be his friend but he’s fit now and wants to play.”