Nottingham Forest have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their upcoming Championship clash.
In recent comments made to the Nottingham Forest YouTube channel, Steve Cooper revealed that he expects to be unable to call upon Lewis Grabban for the trip to Barnsley on Wednesday evening, as the centre-forward picked up a thigh injury in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Millwall last weekend.
Speaking about the condition of the 33-year-old, Cooper said: “He’s doubtful. That’s obviously a little bit disappointing for him because he did so well against Huddersfield and started quite well the other day. We’re working as hard as we can to get him ready but whether he features again this week, I’m not too sure.”
While Grabban has not exactly been in the best form of his career so far this season, considering the fact that Cooper dubbed the centre-forward a “really important” player in his Forest side after the Millwall game, the absence of the Jamaica international for the trip to Oakwell is sure to have left the 41-year-old gutted.
Indeed, over his eight Championship appearances this term, the £1.08m-rated man has scored two goals and registered one assist, as well as taking an average of 0.9 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
As such, despite his rather average level of performance so far this term, the loss of the striker will nevertheless dent the club’s chances of picking up a positive result against Barnsley – with Cooper undoubtedly being desperate to secure his first win as the new Forest manager, in order to start moving his side up the Championship table.