An explanation for the surprise absence of Adam Forshaw from Leeds United’s matchday squad to face Watford has been provided on Saturday evening.
Jesse Marsch’s troops marked their return to action a short time ago, making the trip to Vicarage Road for a crucial fixture amid the battle against relegation from the Premier League.
Midfielder Forshaw, however, having played an increasingly important role in Leeds’ setup over recent weeks, was alarmingly nowhere to be seen.
Speaking on the back of the action coming to a close in Hertfordshire, Jesse Marsch was therefore inevitably drawn on the whereabouts of his midfield star.
And the American tactician went on to reveal that Forshaw was ruled out of proceedings owing to a calf problem, albeit with the 30-year-old expected to return to training in short order:
Marsch confirms a calf issue kept Adam Forshaw out of todays game. He is expected to train ahead of the trip to Palace (GW34). Meslier is still struggling from the injury he suffered at Wolves. “Illan, without training, delivered one of his best displays of the season.” #LUFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) April 9, 2022
Raphinha amongst the goals
Forshaw’s absence, of course, in the end had little negative impact for Saturday’s visitors to Vicarage Road, as Leeds impressed once more under the watch of new boss Marsch.
Goals on the part of all of Raphinha, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison ultimately culminated in the Peacocks emerging on the right side of a 3-0 scoreline, to take another significant step towards top-flight survival.
Raphinha doesn’t do normal goals 🥶
Leeds go 1-0 up against Watford in style and their star player is into double digits for the season!
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) April 9, 2022
Leeds now sit a full nine points clear of the relegation zone, albeit having played out three games more than Burnley in 18th.