Forshaw says that he worked tirelessly over pre-season to ensure that he returned fitter than ever.
However, the midfielder was struck down with toe injury just before Leeds’ season started.
And Forshaw said: “I went away and worked so hard in the off season.
“It was a bit stop-start last season after I signed in January. I only played 12 games so I worked really hard, lost some weight – which is massive for the manager – and felt really sharp.
“I felt ahead of where I wanted to be and I had a lot of fitness in the tank. This injury isn’t down to me not looking after myself. It was a freak, unfortunately.”
Forshaw signed for Leeds last season in a £4.5 million transfer from Middlesbrough (BBC Sport), but he could face a fight when he does return to fitness.
Forshaw is pushing for a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s side for Leeds’ next match, which comes against Millwall after the international break.
Bielsa has tended to favour players who are fully accustomed to his tactics when selecting his team, so it remains to be seen how cautious he will be with the recovering Forshaw.
In Forshaw’s absence, Leeds have gone unbeaten through their first six Championship matches this season, and have shot to the top of the standings.
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