Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton is unsure whether or not he will have Harry Arter available for Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough.

The Reds were missing their influential midfielder with a minor ankle problem for last night’s game with Luton.

Arter checked in at the City Ground during the summer from Bournemouth – quickly becoming a fan favourite on Trentside.

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Forest fought back at Kenilworth Road to claim a share of the spoils; despite playing the second half with 10-men.


Ryan Yates and Jack Colback played in midfield and the duo could keep their places for Saturday, with Arter perhaps struggling.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He tweaked his ankle on Monday.

“He came out to train on Tuesday and we thought he was going to be okay.

“And then it was quite clear that he wasn’t.

“It’s minimal, but whether he’ll be involved or available on Saturday, I don’t know.”

Forest do have plenty of players in their ranks but Arter’s miss could be a telling one.

He does perhaps offer something a little bit different to that of Yates and Colback in the Forest engine room.

Arter is capable of playing the role between the lines, creating chances at one end and breaking things up at the other.

The ex-Cherries midfielder was on loan at Fulham last season where he helped the club to promotion back to the Premier League.

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Forest could do with his expertise in the dressing room and the sooner he is fit the better.

Arter looks like a strong influence among the younger players.

With Lewis Grabban also injured, they call ill-afford another strong character being sidelined for long.

Hughton will hope for a quick solution to his latest injury problem.

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