Adam Forshaw took another step toward a first-team return on Friday, turning out for Leeds’ Under-23s.
Having come through 60 minutes of a training match unscathed the previous weekend, Forshaw was given the greenlight to return to competitive action.
Forshaw was included in Mark Jackson’s starting line-up as they took on the Aston Villa youth, and he completed 84 minutes before being substituted off.
Incidentally, Leeds won the match 2-1 to secure the Premier League 2 Division 2 title.
An end to Forshaw’s injury nightmare?
He’s been plagued by hip and groin problems since.
But he could now be in line for a Premier League run-out before the season is out.
Were Leeds battling for survival, it would be more difficult to justify fitness-building exercises like that.
But with seven games still to play, they’ve amassed 45 points and sit comfortably in mid-table, with the pressure off.
The club’s official Twitter account posted some images of Forshaw in action, and here’s how fans reacted.
Leeds fans delighted for Forshaw
“That injury of his has caused so much pain. Not just to him but to so many people who want to see him do well. I really hope he can finally show us what he can do in this team”
“Great to see the midfield general back, rate this fella so much. He was in great form up until this horrific injury he’s had, if we can get him fit and playing it’s going to be like a new signing.”
“Genuinely buzzing for him”
“Unbelievable level of mental and physical effort to get back from the lad!”
“True real life Rocky comeback story this. Bielsa must have given him the encouragement no doubt.”
“He’s playing like he’s been there the whole time . So great to see him back”
“Great to see him back, must have been awful for him to be sat on the sidelines watching promotion and then this season”