LEEDS star Adam Forshaw made his first Whites appearance in TWO years as Marcelo Bielsa’s side won 3-2 at Guiseley on Monday.
But it was not all good news for the Yorkshire side as hot prospect Joe Gelhardt limped off injured.
Forshaw made his first senior appearance since September 2019.
At the start of Leeds’ promotion-winning campaign, the ex-Middlesbrough man was struck down by a serious hip injury which eventually required surgery.
He has not featured at first-team level since then, but ended his nightmare by coming off the bench on the hour against Guiseley and showing touches of his old class.
As Leeds gear up for their Premier League opener against hated rivals Manchester United on August 14, the long-awaited return of Forshaw is a major boost to Bielsa.
This was the first of four friendlies in five days for Leeds and, Forshaw aside, it was a team made up of Under-23s rookies.
Gelhardt, 19, arrived from Wigan last summer for £700,000 and played a key role in Leeds U23s’ title-winning 2020-21 campaign.
The highly-rated hitman is tipped for the top but was hurt in a tackle and had to be helped off the field in the 52nd minute.
Bielsa watched on with concern from the sidelines and must now wait to discover the seriousness of Gelhardt’s injury.
Crysencio Summerville’s penalty put Leeds ahead but neighbours Guiseley, of National League North, levelled when Bailey Thompson buried Kaine Felix’s right-wing cross.
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But as half-time approached, Gelhardt’s strike partner and close pal Sam Greenwood curled in a delightful free-kick which flew into the top corner.
And while Gelhardt’s injury was a concern, Forshaw’s comeback was a major positive for Leeds and their scheming boss.
Charlie Allen added a late third for the visitors, who also face Blackburn, Fleetwood and Real Betis this week, before Lewis Hey hit a late consolation.
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