Samba Sow has picked up an untimely injury, with Nottingham Forest now facing an unwelcome selection headache.

There would, however, appear to be no glimmer of hope for Claudio Yacob.

It remains unclear how many bodies would have to go down in order for the Argentine to get a look in.

A few more, though, would appear to be the answer.

Yacob is out of favour, sight, mind and luck.

Which is unfortunate for the 32-year-old because he has never let anybody down.

But when your face doesn’t fit…

It is a surprise in many ways to see Yacob still knocking around at the City Ground.

The presentation of another clean slate over the summer did not work in his favour.

Martin O’Neill made him captain for his first game at the helm, but even that outing only lasted 69 minutes.


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Only one more start was taken in from that point in 2018-19.

No competitive minutes have been seen this term.

Sabri Lamouchi had pre-season to assess his options, and has passed shirts in the direction of others.

An opening of sorts would appear to have presented itself.

The sight of Sow hobbling out of a 1-0 win over Brentford was not a pleasant one.

The Malian midfielder, like Brice Samba between the sticks, has been a welcome addition to the ranks.

There is clearly something in the name Samba!

The combative 30-year-old is, however, facing up to a spell on the sidelines.

Lamouchi has said in the Nottingham Post: “Maybe we will lose him for a bit, so fortunately we have the international break.

“He is an important player for us and we need to know for how long we will lose him.

“It was his hamstring; it was just tight because the rhythm is so high and there are a lot of games. He has played a lot, like the others.”



Hamstring tweaks will not be rushed so a window of opportunity has been opened.

Given the qualities that Sow brings to the table, with ball-winning at the top of that list, Yacob could be considered a useful alternative.

The South American is another who positively revels in the task of doing the dirty work.

There is no backing down where he is concerned, with the ball always there to be won in his mind.

Sow has adopted a similar approach across his short spell on Trentside.

Nobody in the Forest ranks has won more tackles, so there is an obvious void to fill.

It would, however, appear that Alfa Semedo and John Bostock are more likely to get the nod than Yacob.

With Ryan Yates set to come back into contention at some stage as well.

The Yacob case is a curious one, and one which will presumably end with him being ushered out of the back door in January.

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