With the 2019/20 Championship campaign now 13 games old a familiar injury situation has reared its ugly head at Nottingham Forest.
The Reds have been without Samba Sow for the last three games, Alfa Semedo since a September win over Barnsley and Michael Dawson hasn’t played since hobbling off at Stoke five games ago.
Forest aren’t unique in picking up various niggles. The Championship is a demanding league and each club will suffer from fitness concerns at some point during the campaign.
It is perhaps the injuries to Semedo and Sow that are offering the most cause for concern.
Ryan Yates has recently returned to action but John Bostock hasn’t really got going yet. At 34-years-old you would also expect Ben Watson to miss games at some point.
Semedo, a loan signing from Benfica, is back in training with the squad, but Sow could be out for a little while longer, which could be a problem.
The £640,000 (Nottinghamshire Live) signing from Dinamo Moscow has been a revelation since arriving at the City Ground. His absence in the games against Wigan and Hull was telling and they will hope to get him back as soon as possible.
Hamstring injuries can’t be rushed, however. After starting the season with lots of options, the middle of the park could now be an area to address when the January transfer window reopens.
One man who might be worth revisiting should fitness doubts remain over Sow and Semedo is Jack Colback.
The Newcastle United midfielder hasn’t played this season. He was left out of Steve Bruce’s 25-man Premier League squad and as a result, he will surely look towards the exit door in January.
Colback already has a strong rapport with the Forest faithful having spent 18 months on loan at the City Ground. Last season he came second in the club’s Player of the Year poll behind Joe Lolley.
A stumbling block that probably put Forest off a permanent deal for Colback in the summer is a substantial salary. The midfield maestro is earning £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) at St James’ Park and it seems unlikely the Reds will take that on.
The 29-year-old will have just six months remaining on his current deal in January. As a result, Newcastle might be willing to let him leave when the window reopens.
If Forest can land Colback for next to nothing and come to some sort of compromise on his salary then a very good player would be added to the squad.
At this stage, it is just a theory that has no substance but Sow and Semedo missing out has proved that it only takes a couple of injuries to leave Forest light in midfield.
Colback’s desire to play football will surely be greater than the money he is earning right now. Given his age, he will probably be desperate to get back to playing football as soon as possible.
It remains to be seen whether Lamouchi will address that particular situation when the transfer window gets underway.