Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has confirmed that on-loan Arsenal defender Jordi Osei-Tutu won’t be returning from injury just yet. He told the press yesterday that he will still be sidelined for a number of weeks.
The youngster hobbled out of the game against Blackburn in August. It was just his second appearance in a Forest shirt and he left the field holding his hamstring.
During the international break, Osei-Tutu had delighted the Reds fan base by showcasing a picture of himself appearing to have boots on ready for training.
It doesn’t seem as though he is quite so close to a return as some people thought, however, He will definitely miss the game with Cardiff on Sunday and probably the visit from Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Hughton has confirmed where Forest are at with Osei-Tutu and the news isn’t particularly good.
The Forest boss told the press: “Jordi is okay. He has a hamstring injury and we expect him to be back with us, but it will still be a number of weeks.
“We have had to play a couple of Under-23 players who fared well for us, but it’s big experiences for them. These are young players who have come in, but they have experience in this division.
“It was a problem position for us earlier in the season. Once Jordi gets back fit, there will be a big level of competition, and I’d rather have that than where we’ve been.”
The Reds added Djed Spence and Mohamed Drager to their ranks during the transfer deadline day. Spence on loan from Middlesbrough will be available for this weekend’s game. Drager will need to isolate for 10 days after playing international football for Tunisia.
Forest will want Osei-Tutu back quickly
This is a blow for Forest. Plenty presumed he was fit and ready for a return but that won’t be the case. Now, Hughton must continue to seek a right-back.
Although Spence can play on Sunday, he won’t be eligible to face his parent club on Wednesday night. With that in mind, Forest will be back to square one with regards to a right-back for that game.
Young Fin Back could be recalled for that one, or a change of system could be on the cards, with Hughton now boasting a squad that go essentially play with three at the back.
Forest will hope to have Osei-Tutu back quickly given that he can play in either full-back position.