‘And so it begins’. Leeds United were tormented by injuries during the recent Championship campaign, as key first-team players fell by the wayside and our bid to secure Premier League football was continually held back.
Another season in the second-tier is now on the horizon, but our pre-season friendly with Manchester United on Wednesday has brought back the same problems that plagued 2018/19.
The club have confirmed that Adam Forshaw is a doubt for Saturday’s game with Western Sydney Wanderers, while Stuart Dallas should be able to feature.
Dallas received a cut above his right eye at the hands of Anthony Martial during Wednesday’s defeat to the Red Devils, but post-game checks confirmed the midfielder did not suffer a concussion.
The 28-year-old had been forced off the field with a blood-covered face, but the lack of a concussion means the Northern Ireland international will be available for Marcelo Bielsa’s consideration.
Forshaw may not be on hand for our Argentine head coach, however, as the central midfielder requires further treatment and a late fitness test following a clattering tackle from Ashley Young in the dying moments of the game.
Leeds Live understood United already had concerns over the fitness of Luke Ayling and Tyler Roberts before confirming Forshaw’s situation, while Ezgjan Alioski and Ben White were hauled off at half-time against Guiseley.
Ayling is thought to have taken a knock in training, which meant he could not feature in the squad touring Australia, but is expected to be back in time for the season-opener against Bristol City.
Roberts, meanwhile, had a minor, routine surgery in late May to drain fluid from his knee, although there is no return date for the 20-year-old as of yet.
As for Alioski and White, the duo were substituted off at half-time during our friendly with Guiseley, but neither are believed to have suffered any injuries that will prevent their involvement in future games.
Here’s how these United fans reacted when the club offered an update on Forshaw and Dallas…
ALL PLAYERS ARE OUT FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS. Their children and pets are to take their place
— Liam Gascoigne (@liamgazza) July 18, 2019
Small squad, same end result, run out of steam, thought Bielsa would have learnt from last season.
— Craig & charlie the chocolate labrador. (@bandforgood) July 18, 2019
If it takes Forshaw out of the centre mid and propels Shack in there then I’m all for it tbh
— Jack Horner (@carlos061181) July 18, 2019
And so it begins!
— Ian Boyd ???????? (@iboyd1984) July 18, 2019
If last season is anything to go by, make it easy for yourselves and put this on the homepage.
— Lee (@leedeetee) July 18, 2019
Yet more injuries in such a small squad. When will Bielsa and the owners realise the squad needs to bigger and better if we are going to get promoted? Wake up and smell the coffee……
— bubbagrump101 (@bubbagrump101) July 18, 2019
Forshaw is made of chocolate
— Danny Priestley (@DannyPriestley) July 18, 2019
No rush on Forshaw cheers lads
— Mr Glassalfempty (@TheMilkSteakKid) July 18, 2019
This team, this manager … with some depth would tear this division apart
— Matthew Carlyle (@MatthewCarlyle7) July 18, 2019
it feels like another LONG season ahead. Get ready for another season of players out of position plugging injury gaps. If only we fully supported Bielsa and gave him a good run at promotion without these squad limitations…..but that’s simply not Leeds is it?
— Stu (@kUrGaN_UK) July 18, 2019
Forshaw always injured.
— Rich (@richnutting) July 18, 2019
Here we go again
— Dan Atkinson (@acki9) July 18, 2019