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Nottingham Forest suffer triple fitness concern ahead of Brighton

Nottingham Forest will make the trip to the south coast this evening to take on Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League clash, and Steve Cooper has revealed some troubling fitness news ahead of the fixture.

What’s the latest?

The Forest boss took to his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon to reveal an update on player availability ahead of the trip to Brighton, confirming doubts on Lewis O’Brien, Serge Aurier and Renan Lodi.

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Cooper told the media: “We picked up some injuries last week, and we’re still not ready to make a final decision on whether those lads are back yet.

“Serge has had a bit of an accelerated programme since he came in, it’s a muscle injury, so we will see what today and tomorrow bring.

“Renan is more of a contact injury than a muscle injury. That is just trying to give him every chance for the kick and the swelling to come down.

“Lewis was different. He was ill with a bug, which really knocked him back.”

Worrying news for Cooper

The mounting fitness issues plaguing Nottingham Forest is certainly worrying for Cooper as he endeavours to improve the team’s trajectory, with his side currently rock bottom in the Premier League table at present.

Matching Leicester City for points, a victory this evening would not lift Forest out of the relegation zone but would put them on eight points, subsequently closing the gap on their competitors in the higher positions so the latest knocks and illness issues will surely frustrate the Welsh manager.

Indeed, the Tricky Trees have more than enough players to cover for the potential absence of O’Brien, Aurier and Lodi following their £150m spending spree over the summer, but Cooper will be wanting to establish his best starting team for the season ahead to inspire some consistency in the squad.

The trip to the AMEX Community Stadium will by no means be an easy fixture for Forest with Brighton seventh in the league table after a promising start to their season. However, they have failed to pick up a win in their last three games so it could be an opportunity for Cooper to capitalise on the Seagulls’ recent poor form.

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With that being said, the Forest boss will need to quickly establish who he can trust to cover the positions needed during the quick turnaround of games this week, as they are in desperate need of picking up valuable points that could make a huge difference come the end of the season.

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