Injuries are part of football, there is nothing you can do about them, but Nottingham Forest have seen key men pick up knocks at precisely the wrong time.

Lewis Grabban, Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi were all absent against Charlton on Tuesday.

Eyebrows were raised when the team sheets dropped in midweek.

Five changes were made in total to the side which had raised the roof against Leeds a few days earlier.

Risky? Yep.

Enforced? Apparently.

Sabri Lamouchi told the Nottingham Post on the back of a 1-0 reversal against the Addicks: “Grabban didn’t play because he has a knee problem, like Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi.

“For Cashy (Matty Cash) and Yuri (Ribeiro), it was a mistake – not for who played tonight, but to keep the dynamic.”

Lamouchi added on his walking wounded: “Grabban didn’t make training after the last game. He has had some treatment today and we will check on him tomorrow.

“Samba Sow and Sammy Ameobi had treatment today, so we will check on them tomorrow.

“There was no problem with Cashy and Yuri.”


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Collective fingers are being crossed.

Said checks need to deliver positive results.

Table-topping West Brom are next on the agenda for the Reds.

Making a trip to The Hawthorns without Grabban and Sow does not bear thinking about!

Forest have the numbers in a bloated squad, but maybe not the strength.

Said failings were highlighted against Charlton.

Lamouchi has conceded that more changes were made than entirely necessary.

Matty Cash and Yuri Ribeiro could have started in full-back berths.

Would they have changed the outcome markedly?

We will never know.



When Cash was introduced, the struggles of those around him were replicated.

Forest, to a man, were a shadow of the side that fared so admirably against Leeds.

The heart had been ripped out of a team which had second spot in the Championship there to be shot at.

Lamouchi has, again, learned the hard way that over-thinking things is never wise.

Once momentum is established, keep pushing.

Do not allow a foot to be taken off the gas.

Had the Reds embraced that philosophy in midweek, West Brom could have been considered a free hit.

If six points had been taken off Leeds and Charlton, then anything in the West Midlands would have been a bonus.

Pressure has been ramped up again.

And with that in mind, it is imperative that Grabban and Co come back into the mix.

Time to dust off the magic sponge!

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