Steve Cook endured a bittersweet afternoon as Nottingham Forest defeated Reading 4-0 at the City Ground on Saturday.

The Reds defender was in superb form once again as Steve Cooper’s men flexed their promotion credentials.

Cook did suffer an injury at the end of the contest, however, and that did put something of a downer on the result.

The 30-year-old appeared to get his ankle caught in the turf and needed assistance to leave the field after lengthy treatment.

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Now, the Reds face an anxious wait to see what damage has been done ahead of Wednesday’s game with QPR.

Cook has been desperately impressive since checking in on a free transfer from Bournemouth during the January transfer window.

He has slotted between Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna with ease and offers an injection of know-how when it comes to Championship football.

Cook’s loss could be telling. The challenge for Cooper will be to choose who replaces him if he’s going to be out for a prolonged period.

Forest face QPR next and then have a mouthwatering FA Cup clash against Liverpool to look forward to at the City Ground.

Forest star Cook addresses injury on Twitter

It’s fair to say that Cook has his fingers crossed. He Tweeted very shortly after sustaining his injury and he hopes the prognosis will be good.

Supporters will also be hoping he can quickly get himself fit. He has been largely impressive for the Reds and looks a great bit of business on a free transfer.

Cook’s arrival has seen Forest continue their strong form. With his leadership qualities at the back, few would back against the Reds claiming a play-off place this season.

Now, someone else will get the chance to step up. Whoever it is will have big shoes to fill and the Reds will hope that Cook’s absence doesn’t derail their season.

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