Leeds United: Forshaw out for "a while" with calf injury carried when he joined

OUT FOR A WHILE: Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw still has a calf problem.
OUT FOR A WHILE: Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw still has a calf problem.
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HEAD COACH Paul Heckingbottom has revealed that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw will be out for "a while" with the same calf injury that the Liverpudlian was carrying when he joined in January.

Forshaw missed United's 4-3 loss at home to Millwall in January two days after he joined the club with a calf problem before making his Whites debut in the goalless draw at Hull City ten days later.

The midfielder has made seven starts since but Heckingbottom has revealed that the 26-year-old's calf problem had still been there and that the former Middlesbrough player experienced extra pain in the 2-1 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday before the international break.

Forshaw then failed to make the bench for Good Friday's 2-1 win at home to Bolton Wanderers and the midfielder is thought to be facing at least two weeks out.

"It's his calf," said Heckingbottom.

"He did it in the Sheffield Wednesday game and it's something that we were aware of when he signed.

"Before I came, he missed a couple of games and we managed him through a few games but it was always there and it just got too painful after the Sheffield Wednesday game so he's going to be out for a while."

Heckingbottom also provided an update on centre-back Liam Cooper who is facing a further spell on the sidelines with a tear in his thigh having only recently returned to training after recovering from a dead leg.

"On Wednesday we had to send him for a scan because he came in after training reporting something," said Heckingbottom.

"We found he's got a tear in his thigh, whether it's related or not we'll never know, him pushing himself to get back in contention.

"He's devastated about it and we're not having any luck in that respect but we can't moan about it.

"He's looking at a few weeks, we'll have to see how he responds."