Nottingham Forest are still waiting on Alfa Semedo’s return to full fitness, and that cannot come soon enough as things stand.
‘The Guinean Pogba’ has not been seen since a 1-0 win over Barnsley on September 21.
Four league games have come and gone since then.
And in the meantime, fellow midfielder Samba Sow has picked up an untimely knock of his own.
Among the qualities that Forest were lacking during a narrow defeat to Wigan on Sunday – of which there were a few – energy in the engine room was definitely one of them.
Ben Watson will sit deep and tick things over, while John Bostock is better on the ball than he showed against the Latics.
There was, however, no drive.
Neither Watson nor Bostock is going to walk through opponents a la Sow or carry the ball 50 yards in the mould of Semedo.
Forest need to mix the graft with the guile.
It looks like being some time before Malian enforcer Sow returns to the ranks, but there may be better news on Semedo.
Not close enough to make the trip to the DW Stadium, but what about upcoming outings?
Sabri Lamouchi’s men have back-to-back home dates to take in against Hull City and Reading over the next few days.
It would be wrong to expect Semedo to make much of an impact across both games, given there will be inevitable rust to shake.
What about one of them though?
Lamouchi said in the Nottingham Post during the build-up to the Wigan defeat: “Samba Sow and Alfa Semedo, they need more days – more weeks, maybe – to work with the medical department,.
“I hope they will not be out for too long.
“Alfa will be back very soon, I hope, because he is a really important player for us. He has huge potential and we need him.
“Samba is a different injury and maybe he needs more time. It is his hamstring, so it will be a few weeks.
“We need to take care of him because he is also an important player and we don’t want to take a risk.”
Sow is definitely not the kind of player that Forest want to be gambling on.
He has quickly become something of a cult hero at the City Ground and the Reds need him to be firing on all cylinders once reintroduced to the side.
Semedo, though, is apparently set to step back in “very soon”.
Given that Lamouchi made that assessment prior to heading to Lancashire, is Wednesday still too soon?
We will have to wait and see, I suppose.
Dr Lamouchi has, however, made his assessment and here’s hoping that his diagnosis proves to be correct as Forest seek to ease all-action performers back into the middle of the park.