Nottingham Forest fans are wondering when they’ll get the first glimpse of summer signing Braian Ojeda and perhaps Steve Cooper should play him at Reading on Saturday.

The Paraguayan arrived from Olimpia in the summer. Ojeda is largely viewed as one for the future but he has been in four of Cooper’s matchday squads.

He hasn’t managed to get on the pitch just yet but perhaps his debut in the Garibaldi isn’t too far away.

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Cooper alluded to the fact that he was perhaps an alternative option to Ryan Yates earlier in the season. When the 23-year-old went down injured against Blackpool, the head coach stated that Ojeda was close to getting the nod.

Yates carried on though and the youngster sat back down on the bench. Game time is forthcoming thought.

There is an argument to suggest that he should get the nod to play against Reading on Saturday.

Yates currently sits on four yellow cards and one more will see him serve a one-game ban.


Forest have important games against Luton at home and then West Brom away a few days after and they desperately won’t want to lose Yates.

The academy prospect is in the form of his career and playing as he is, it sounds remarkable to even suggest leaving him out.

Games come thick and fast between now and the new year though and Forest will have to start using the squad at some point.

Should Cooper unleash Forest midfielder Ojeda in Saturday clash?

It’s a difficult one but why not? Forest head to Reading in good form and Cooper is going to have to start looking at his squad depth at some point.

Forest Ojeda
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So far during his tenure, he’s typically trusted the same 13 or 14 players and that might need to change as we approach a busy couple of months.

Yates sitting on four bookings is a cause for concern and perhaps that could give Ojeda a debut sooner rather than later.

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