Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter has had another injury setback as he was taken off early in his comeback appearance.

Arter started for the Forest U23s against Crewe Alexandra’s equivalent in what was his first slice of competitive football since January, where he got injured for the first team against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.

However, he lasted just 23 minutes of the match before having to be substituted, which will naturally be a blow for the player.

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According to Nottinghamshire Live, Forest have stated that Arter was taken off as a precaution after taking a knock, but it doesn’t bode well.

The Republic of Ireland international had only recently returned to training and was supposedly in contention for the Reading game, which finished 1-1.

Arter didn’t make the squad in the end and the Crewe U23 match – which Forest lost 2-0 – was instead viewed as the perfect opportunity for the midfielder to get some minutes.

Harry Arter
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That obviously hasn’t transpired and it remains to be seen just how lengthy a setback this proves for Arter, who hasn’t had the best of times on Trentside since his summer move.

The former AFC Bournemouth man has made just eight starts in the Championship this season, emerging off the bench in a further five games, while he is yet to register a goal or an assist.

There was talk in January that Arter was unwanted and could be on his way to Bristol City, but that didn’t materialise and the speculation was loosely shot down by manager Chris Hughton.

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