Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has praised Lewis Grabban as the Reds prepare to face Barnsley without him this evening.

The captain limped out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Millwall with a thigh injury.

Cooper doesn’t think the striker will be back before the international break and that provides the head coach with a conundrum.

Grabban has scored twice this season with his most recent goal coming in a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

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Forest don’t have a plethora of strikers and not having the 33-year-old will represent a big blow for the Reds.

Cooper has been full of admiration for the experienced talisman and has been discussing his injury.

He told the clubs official YouTube channel: “He’s doubtful. That’s obviously a little bit disappointing for him because he did so well against Huddersfield and started quite well the other day.

 

“We’re working as hard as we can to get him ready but whether he features again this week, I’m not too sure.”

After Saturday’s game, Cooper called Grabban ‘really important’ and it’s clear that Forest will likely feel his absence at Barnsley.

Who replaces Grabban in the Forest team?

Lyle Taylor looks like being the obvious choice. He came into the fray on Saturday but did struggle to impose himself on the game.

Brennan Johnson is another option. Previous boss Chris Hughton spoke about his ability to play as a striker, whilst he was used there on the odd occasion for Lincoln.

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Other options are relatively untried. Will Swan is banging goals in for the under-23 team but is very raw.

Elsewhere, Xande Silva will hope to be in with a shout with Grabban laid low for a short time.

Whoever gets the nod will have big shoes to fill and someone stepping up to fire Forest to three points would be massive for the team.

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