Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has offered an injury update on Loic Mbe Soh ahead of tomorrow’s game with QPR.

The Frenchman has been out of the picture this season after struggling with a couple of niggles.

He started the opening game of the campaign at Coventry but was forced off just prior to half-time.

The former PSG man then returned to start in Chris Hughton’s last game in charge against Middlesbrough.

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Mbe Soh went off in the first Forest game of the season; Photo; James Williamson; AMA;
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On that occasion, he was substituted with 16 minutes remaining and after being an unused sub in the game after, he’s not been seen since.

Mbe Soh was added to the Reds’ ranks in the summer of 2020. He’s struggled for game time and has made just 10 appearances.

Cooper, however, believes he is on the mend.

 

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Loic is really upping his rehab. He’s still classed as being injured, but we’ve seen him on the grass now and he’s at the next stage of starting to run with boots on.

“I don’t think he’s too far away from kicking a ball, so he’s making good progress.”

Mbe Soh would be a useful option for Forest

The beauty of having the former FIFA Golden Boy nominee available is that he’s capable of playing in a number of positions in Cooper’s system.

He, of course, is a natural at centre-back but he’s also played at full-back and in defensive midfield during his time at Forest so far.

At 20, Mbe Soh is very much deemed as one for the future. He has plenty of time on his side and with Tobias Figueiredo out of contract in the summer, his time should come.

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Mbe Soh has been missing for Forest; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

For Mbe Soh it’s very much about getting fit and hoping to grasp a chance under Cooper.

With that in mind, if he can get into the team he has shown previously that he’s more than good enough to be playing regularly in the Championship.

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