Nottingham Forest take on Blackburn tonight and they won’t have to worry about January transfer target Dilan Markanday hurting them.

The Tottenham talent was linked with a move to Forest last month. Eventually, he signed for Blackburn in a permanent deal leaving the Reds to wonder what might have been.

Sadly, for the versatile attacker, the jury will remain out on whether or not Forest lives to regret not trying hard to sign him.

Markanday suffered a serious hamstring injury in his debut outing for Rovers and despite successful surgery, will now miss the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign.

Forest Markanday
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The 20-year-old will be devastated to get his time in men’s football underway in such a manner.

After starring for Tottenham’s under-23 ranks during the first half of 2021/11, he will have relished the chance to showcase his talent in the Championship.

Forest were among a clutch of clubs vying for the left-winger. Admittedly, the Reds were linked with a loan for Markanday and perhaps they didn’t fancy purchasing the player.

Cooper instead bolstered his ranks with other players. Keinan Davis, Steve Cook, Richie Laryea, Sam Surridge and Jonathan Panzo checked in during January.

Markanday proved one target that got away from Cooper’s grasp.

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The youngster scored 12 goals during the first half of 2021/22. With that in mind, he would have checked in at Blackburn full of confidence.

That makes his injury all the more frustrating and he must be hurting inside to suffer such a blow.

Forest Markanday
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Forest were right to try and target the youngster. He is talented with bags of potential and his versatility could have seen him thrive under Cooper.

With Blackburn going well. Markanday could be pulling on a Premier League shirt the next time he steps out for Blackburn.

Regardless of what league he plays in next season, it will be really interesting to see how he develops from a Forest perspective.

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