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Leeds United suffer potential player blow in the wake of Manchester United defeat

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Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw will face a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Western Sydney Wanderers, the club have confirmed.

The 27-year-old picked up a knock in the defeat to Manchester United yesterday following a late tackle from Ashley Young and will be assessed by the club’s medical staff ahead of the match in Sydney at the weekend.

Leeds were comfortably beaten by their rivals yesterday, as Manchester United ran out 4-0 winners in Perth, with goals from Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Anthony Martial.

The Whites will now travel to Sydney for their final pre-season friendly, before the players will fly back to the UK to continue their preparations for the new season.

Forshaw was an important player for Leeds last season and made 32 appearances for the Whites in all competitions, as they just missed out on promotion from the Championship.

The midfielder scored in Leeds’ 5-0 win over York City last week and played the entire match against Manchester United yesterday, but is now a doubt for the game in Sydney.

The Verdict

There are still a couple of weeks to go until the new season, so the players will still be working their way back to full fitness.

Forshaw was an important player for Leeds last season and there’s a good chance that he will be involved against Bristol City on the opening day of the season, so it’s important that he’s fit in time for that match.

It doesn’t appear as if this is a serious injury but it might not be a bad idea for Marcelo Bielsa to leave Forshaw out of the friendly against Western Sydney Wanderers at the weekend, as playing him could risk aggravating the problem further.

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