Nottingham Forest fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief – Brice Samba is fine!

The Congolese goalkeeper required treatment during the second-half of Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

A shoulder complaint appeared to be troubling the Reds shot-stopper.

He was able to complete the full 90 minutes, but adrenaline can see you through in the heat of battle.

Problems can arise once the body cools down and lactic acid drains.

What felt like a minor knock can sometimes prove to be a little more severe.

That is the last thing that Forest need when it comes to Samba.

He has become a talismanic presence between the sticks and to see him ruled out would represent a major blow.

Stern

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Sabri Lamouchi, though, has sought to calm any injury fears.

Samba is made of stern stuff!

The Reds boss told the Nottingham Post in the warm glow of a crushing victory in west London when quizzed on his keeper’s shoulder: “No, no. He’s so strong. So strong.

“Don’t worry about him. Everything is fine. He will be fine for Saturday.”

Music to the ears of Forest followers everywhere.

There is still the threat of Samba taking in an enforced break, but that is posed by disciplinary issues rather than physical ones.

He remains on four yellow cards for the campaign after steering clear of the referee’s notebook in midweek.

One more before the Reds hit the 19-game mark and Samba will have to serve a ban.

Theatre

 

The hope is that such drama can be avoided.

With fitness concerns at Loftus Road merely adding to the sense of theatre being generated by Lamouchi’s side in 2019-20.

Never quite knowing what is going to happen is all part of the appeal when it comes to Forest.

Recent history is littered with tales of the unexpected.

Another is in the process of being written, with Samba having become a leading man in that production.

He secured his sixth Championship clean sheet of the season against QPR, and a third in succession.

Luton were the last team to breach him late on at Kenilworth Road.

Such value cannot be underestimated, with it refreshing to hear that his arm is standing up to the demands being placed on it and that Cardiff will become his next target for a shutout on Saturday.

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