Leeds United have confirmed that midfielder Adam Forshaw is set to travel to the US to have surgery for his hip injury, after the Whites decided the best solution was for the 28-year-old to have the surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The hip injury has caused Forshaw to miss large parts of the season already, with the midfielder having only managed to make seven appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side so far this campaign, and the Whites have been looking at alternatives to a potentially season ending surgical procedure, as they looked to get him back playing.
The decision to have the surgery will mean that Bielsa’s side will likely be without the option of Forshaw in midfield for the rest of the campaign, meaning the Argentine will need to focus on getting the best out of his available options, as he looks to get the Whites’ promotion push back on track.
Here then, we take a look at TWO pros and TWO cons to the decision to allow Forshaw to have the surgery…
Pro: Getting Forshaw back to full fitness for next season
The obvious benefit to allowing Forshaw to have the surgery to help fix his hip problems is that it should enable the midfielder to return to full fitness for the Whites next season, which would be a real boost for the Whites whatever division they happen to be preparing to play in next term.
Forshaw has proven himself to be a reliable presence at the heart of Leeds’ midfield over the last few years when he has been fit and playing regularly, and Bielsa’s side will be wanting to have the 28-year-old back available for the full season next term.
The midfielder will likely be feeling frustrated now that he can not help the Whites continue their push for promotion to the Premier League, but he will be aware that it is probably the best decision in terms of his long-term career with the Whites.
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Pro: Avoiding the risk of rushing him back to fitness
Considering Leeds’ recent form in the Championship, with the Whites having managed to win just one of their last seven league matches, there was always the potential for Bielsa to feel the need to rush Forshaw back into first team involvement towards the end of the campaign.
That, though, could have been a real potential risk to the midfielder’s long-term fitness and the 28-year-old might have gone onto make the injury worse by trying to get out on the field and do a job for the Whites, between now and the end of the campaign.
Leeds will be needing to ensure that they have all their players who are out on the field capable of playing to their maximum between now and the end of the season, which is something that Forshaw might not have been able to provide were he to have been rushed back from injury.
Con: Leaving Bielsa’s side light in midfield
However, the obvious blow to the decision to allow Forshaw to have the surgery, which could rule him out for the rest of the season, is that it means that Bielsa’s options in midfield will continue to be light as he looks to guide the club to automatic promotion.
There is now a strong case for suggesting that Leeds should maybe have invested in their midfield options in the January transfer window, so that they could have provided Bielsa with the option of rotating his squad or having enough cover for any further potential injuries.
Bielsa’s side have been struggling in recent weeks and they could potentially have done with the midfielder’s quality at the heart of their midfield for the last few months of the campaign, but they will now have to settle for relying on their existing options.
Con: Missing out on Forshaw’s experience
Another reason why Forshaw’s absence from the side for the rest of the season will be that Leeds will be lacking the midfielder’s experience of getting over the line in the race for promotion to the Premier League, with the 28-year-old having gone up with Middlesbrough in the 2015/16 season.
That campaign saw Forshaw play a key role for Boro in the closing stages of what was a very congested battle for automatic promotion which went down to the final day of the campaign, which is something that Leeds might have to endure in the run in.
When you are chasing promotion from the Championship, it is vital that you have as many players who have been there and done it in the side as possible, and Forshaw’s absence will deprive Bielsa’s squad of that sort of presence in the run in this term.