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Nottingham Forest dealt injury blow ahead of Millwall clash

Nottingham Forest have been dealt a blow regarding the fitness of Jordi Osei-Tutu ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.

What’s the latest?

According to a report by Nottinghamshire Live, the right-back looks set to miss out on the visit of Millwall to the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, as he is yet to recover from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined since the 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers in August.

However, the report added that the Arsenal loanee could be back in action for Forest at the beginning of October, as well as sharing an image the 22-year-old posted on his personal Instagram page, which would appear to suggest that he is indeed nearing a return to full fitness.

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Cooper will be gutted

With Steve Cooper heading into his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest this weekend, the absence of Osei-Tutu is sure to have left the 41-year-old gutted, as the defender is undoubtedly a player who boasts plenty of potential.

Indeed, while the £1.08m-rated man has hardly featured for Forest this season, making just two Championship appearances for the club prior to his injury, the right-back previously demonstrated his ability while on loan at German side Bochum back in 2019/20.

Indeed, over his 21 2.Bundesliga appearances that season, the £2.5k-per-week defender scored five goals and provided his teammates with two assists, as well as making 0.9 key passes and taking 0.9 shots per game.

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The 22-year-old also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, averaging 0.8 interceptions, 1.2 tackles and 0.5 clearances and winning 5.4 duels per match, with these returns seeing him earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.75.

As such, the unavailability of Osei-Tutu is sure to come as a blow to Cooper, who will undoubtedly be hoping that his Forest side can get off to a winning start under his leadership against the Lions this afternoon.

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