One piece of team news has emerged for Nottingham Forest ahead of their trip to Bristol City tomorrow regarding Brennan Johnson.

The youngster who has been on the bench for the first-team for the last few games looks set to miss out tomorrow.

Johnson was named in Jimmy Gilligan’s under-23 team to face Bolton Wanderers at the Nigel Doughty Academy this afternoon.

The young Reds ran out 6-0 winners against a youthful Trotters outfit, with Johnson playing for 90 minutes.

Brennan Johnson; Nottingham Forest(Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Johnson got on the pitch for the closing stages of the win against Derby. His inclusion for the development ranks indicates a clear omission from tomorrow’s clash, however.

The Reds will surely travel down to Bristol later this afternoon in preparation for the six-pointer and Johnson won’t be with the squad.

It does pose the question as to who might replace him. Michael Dawson is the obvious one, with the skipper not making the 18 for the Rams contest a fortnight ago.


Johnson is still awaiting a proper chance to shine for Forest in the league. His only appearances in the Championship have come against Derby and West Brom as a late substitute.

He has started twice in the Carabao Cup, however. He was quality in the 3-0 thrashing of Derby and then played the full 90 minutes as Arsenal knocked the Reds out in round three.


Johnson is undoubtedly a talent and a star of the future. It is perhaps surprising that he won’t be in the travelling part of 20 players which travel to Bristol. Clearly Lamouchi feels that another 90 minutes under his belt will serve him better than not featuring at Ashton Gate.

Brennan Johnson; Nottingham Forest (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

There is plenty of time for Johnson to develop and supporters are hoping he fulfils his potential.

With plenty of games on the horizon between now and Christmas, Johnson could get his chance at some point.

Performing well and keeping his eye in for the under-23s can only be a good thing and fans will trust Lamouchi to manage his game time accordingly.

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