A report from Phil Hay on The Athletic claims that Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw has had teeth removed in order to boost his injury recovery. The Leeds star finally made his competitive return on Tuesday night, playing 60 minutes of the 3-0 win over League One side Crewe in the Cup.
Forshaw, 30, looked good. He was excellent in possession, hardly misplacing a pass and more or less sprinted off the pitch when substiuted. He looks fit and ready to go. But his two-year battle with a hip injury should not go understated – it has been a horrific spell on the sidelines for Forshaw.
A report from The Athletic shows just how much Forshaw has fought to recover from the hip issue. It is claimed that Forshaw has even had teeth removed in a bid to improve his bone structure. The report states that since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa, money has been spent in that area.
Hay writes: “He had teeth removed in the hope that losing them might aid his skeletal structure (Leeds had invested in dentistry treatment after Bielsa’s arrival, primarily because of the link between the health of one’s teeth and the health of the rest of the body).”
Forshaw commitment should earn him Leeds chance
Of course, Leeds should not get ahead of themselves – and neither should Forshaw. It is clear that Leeds are looking after him and slowly increasing his game time, when they feel it is the right time to do so. Getting 60 minutes, in a competitive match, was a massive step in the right direction.
He is also appearing on the bench for Leeds in the Premier League. But he is yet to return to action in England’s top tier. Is he good enough to earn a place back in the side? Well, teeth out, remaining fit, and his performance on Tuesday suggests he at least deserves the chance to show he is worthy.