Nottingham Forest have been dealt a blow in their quest to sign Sheffield United striker Rhian Brewster during the January transfer window.

The Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed today that the striker has done ‘significant damage’ to his hamstring.

Steve Cooper had hoped to lure Brewster to the City Ground on a loan deal when the window reopens next month.

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Brewster scored 11 goals in 22 games during a loan spell with Swansea during 2019/20 and has also worked with Cooper in the England youth ranks.

Now, he’s facing a spell on the sidelines; although the United boss has said he’s responding to treatment well.

Heckingbottom said this afternoon: “Rhian Brewster has done significant damage to his hamstring tendon so he’s going to be out for a while. He is responding well to treatment.”

Brewster simply can’t catch a break. He waited months for a league goal at Bramall Lane but had scored two in three prior to his injury.

The youngster is desperate to kick-start his career and prove himself as the £23.5 million player that Sheffield United signed.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board for Brewster – and for Forest!

Brewster Blow: Striker search will be crucial for Forest

Forest will undoubtedly try and target a new striker during the January window, with some younger blood the order of the day.

The Reds have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor who are both in their thirties and a striker at the other end of his career would be ideal.

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One of those won’t be cheap though and with that in mind, the Reds might look to utilise the loan market once again.

It looks as though Brewster will be out for some time now though and he will be one for Cooper to scrub off of his shortlist.

It’s back to square one for Forest.

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