Nottingham Forest will be without Max Lowe for two months, boss Steve Cooper confirmed to Nottinghamshire Live after last night’s 0-0 draw with Luton.

Lowe was taken off early doors during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Reading. He was replaced by Gaetan Bong, with Jack Colback operating at left-back last night.

The on-loan Sheffield United man has been in fine form for the Reds since arriving from Bramall Lane. He has grown under Cooper and this news is a massive blow.

The 24-year-old has made 12 appearances for the club during 2021/22 and has looked largely impressive in each of those games.

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Forest’s wing-backs have proved integral to the way in which Cooper wants his team to play the game. Now, he will have to find a way to keep getting results without that aspect of his system.

After last night’s game, Cooper confirmed the news that Forest supporters didn’t want to hear.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “He’s going to be out for two months. He’s had a groin strain.

“We knew he had a muscle strain, but you just have your fingers crossed that it’s one of the lower grades. I don’t exactly know what grade it is, but he’s going to be out for two months.

 

“It’s a blow but it happens and we get on with it.”

Conundrum: Forest down to bare bones after Lowe blow

This is devastating news for Forest. With the three early-season international breaks out of the way, the last thing the Reds needed was an injury.

Elsewhere on the pitch, Forest have plenty of options. The one area they could ill-afford any setbacks was certainly in the full-back positions.

Still, as Cooper says they have to get on with it and as one door closes, another will open for another player to stake a claim for a place.

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Lowe missing for two months is a big blow for Forest and with Colback now suspended for the trip to West Brom, there is a problem ahead of Friday.

Cooper will now have to prove his worth and make sure the Reds are tough to beat once again at The Hawthorns.

Hopefully, Lowe will enjoy a speedy recovery.

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