Nottingham Forest have been handed a double injury boost as the team prepares to face Bristol City this weekend at Ashton Gate.
Some images placed on the club’s official Twitter account appear to show Carl Jenkinson and Alfa Semedo back in full training with the rest of the squad.
The duo have both been missing for quite some time and their returns will provide boss Sabri Lamouchi with more options.
Good to see you back, lads! 🙌@carljenkinson 🤜🤛 Alfa Semedo
🔴 | #NFFC pic.twitter.com/PPVVN7Uj3v
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) November 20, 2019
Jenkinson hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in a 1-1 draw with Preston in August. He signed for £2 million from Arsenal during the summer and has been restricted to just four appearances.
Matty Cash has slotted into right-back with aplomb and Jenkinson faces an uphill battle to reclaim his place.
Having Jenkinson in reserve is no bad thing. It gives Forest an option to push Cash further forward; whilst his availability makes for an ideal situation.
Semedo hasn’t played since a 1-0 win over Barnsley in September with a back injury curtailing his progress.
The 22-year-old arrived on loan from Benfica during the summer and has looked class during the games he has played so far.
Ryan Yates has deputised for him in recent weeks but Semedo’s return presents Lamouchi with a useful headache.
There was some confusion among supporters whether or not injured midfielder Samba Sow was in the photographs.
The Malian has been out of action with a hamstring injury and his presence has been sorely felt.
Having Semedo and Jenkinson back does provide a boost though.
With Sow and Semedo out of action, it has taken an element of steel out of the Forest midfield. Lamouchi will relish the chance to have him available again.
Jenkinson’s return ensures that Lamouchi once again has two players for each position on the park and as a result, brings a nice balance back to the squad.
The ex-Gunner does have a history of niggling injury problems and the real challenge for him will be to get a regular run of games under his belt.
It remains to be seen whether either will make the squad for Saturday. Forest face QPR on Wednesday and Lamouchi may opt to save them for that one.