After the first international break of the 2021/22 campaign, Nottingham Forest will have six games spread across 20 days to contend with.
The footballing calendar always throws up an early break for international football, much to the annoyance of supporters.
For Chris Hughton, the break perhaps hasn’t come at a bad time. Forest sit rock bottom of the Championship, with one point from six games.
One man who will be desperate to get back on the field is French defender Loic Mbe Soh. He started the first game of the season at Coventry but hobbled off with a groin problem.
The former PSG man made his comeback in a 4-1 win for the Under-23s on Monday night. He played the full 90 as Andy Reid’s men enjoyed an emphatic win.
Point to prove for Forest gem
Many felt that Mbe Soh was vastly underused last season. He made just eight appearances for the Reds, scoring against Middlesbrough in a 2-1 defeat at the City Ground.
The youngster checked in from PSG where he had made three appearances for the senior ranks. Many supporters couldn’t quite believe it when the central defender was allowed to leave permanently.
He would have thanked his lucky stars when he was given the nod to start the 2021/22 campaign. Mbe Soh partnered Scott McKenna with Joe Worrall injured and played a part in Lyle Taylor opening the scoring.
Injury struck at a cruel time though and he’s spent the last few weeks out on the sidelines.
Forest opportunity could knock for Mbe Soh
Given that he started the first match it would seem as though the French youngster is now ahead of Tobias Figueiredo in the pecking order.
That represents progress, given that he was essentially the fourth choice last season.
Worrall has only recently returned from injury, whilst McKenna picked up several little niggles during 2020/21.
Forest are facing a pivotal period. One thing which Mbe Soh does extremely well is play out from the back. With that in mind, he does perhaps offer a different option for Hughton to call upon in certain games.
With six games to come in 18 days, Hughton will want to use his squad. As a result, that could mean some game time for Forest gem Mbe Soh in the coming weeks.