Arsenal defender Jordi Osei-Tutu could be back at Nottingham Forest by December, according to a report from Sports World Ghana.
The young Gunners talent joined Forest on loan in the summer. After just 17 minutes of his second game, however, he tweaked a problematic hamstring.
He hasn’t been seen since and has returned to Arsenal to undergo a course of treatment in the meantime.
Osei-Tutu had looked like a pretty decent signing on the face of things. He shone in Germany with VfL Bochum, scoring five goals and claiming three assists in 22 appearances.
A loan spell at Cardiff during 2020/21 did prove frustrating. He played nine times before picking up a similar injury to the one he has now.
When he was fit at the Bluebirds, Mick McCarthy had replaced Neil Harris and he found himself down the pecking order.
Osei-Tutu looked pretty lively in his first full game against Bournemouth. He was given the Man of the Match accolade as the Reds lost 2-1 to Scott Parker’s team.
In the absence of Osei-Tutu, Forest landed two new right-backs. Djed Spence joined from Middlesbrough, whilst Mohamed Drager is awaiting his debut since joining from Olympiacos.
Now, Steve Cooper can look forward to his squad being bolstered by the return of the Arsenal man.
Osei-Tutu faces a fight for Forest shirt
Having him fit and around the squad certainly bodes well. Whether or not he will get his shirt back, however, is another matter altogether.
Spence has been a revelation during his loan spell, whilst Max Lowe has been brilliant on the opposite side.
One thing it will do is give Forest an exceptional option to cover both wing-back roles, given that he played so well at left-back during his only 90 minutes at the City Ground.
The report claims that December 17th is his expected return date and that could see him back in time for a City Ground date with Hull.
Having a talented player back for the busy Christmas period could be massive and the Reds will hope his recovery is plain sailing from this point.