Luton Town boss Nathan Jones claims his injury situation is ‘catastrophic’ at the moment ahead of a massive game against Nottingham Forest on Friday.
Jones saw his Hatters promotion hopefuls lose 2-0 to Huddersfield last night; with Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu and Henri Lansbury both being forced off in West Yorkshire.
The 28-year-old has been integral for Jones this season and was stretched off in the first half. Ex-Forest star Lansbury appeared to be holding the back of his neck as he was helped off the field.
Jones is already missing Luke Berry and Jordan Clark but their situation is pretty desperate ahead of Friday’s huge clash at Kenilworth Road.
Unlike Luton, Forest boss Steve Cooper has managed to keep his side relatively fresh and has named an unchanged team for three games in succession.
Of course, that doesn’t mean a great deal. Friday will still be a huge test of character with Luton in fine form on home soil this season.
Last night’s defeat wasn’t easy to take for Jones. Elijah Adebayo fired a penalty against the post shortly after Jon Russell had given the Terriers the lead.
It’s not the first time the man-mountain striker has missed a penalty this season. When they came to the City Ground, Brice Samba saved the striker’s spot-kick to help the Reds claim a point with 10-men.
Friday is massive and Forest boss will fancy beating Jones’ team
With Cooper, it’s always about the next game. Forget the bigger picture, focusing on three points in the very next game is always his mantra.
He will know deep down that his team are now a pretty decent bet for a play-off place. He will be aiming higher though and the early kick-off makes for a decent situation.
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Luton have injuries but they also have a squad of players to choose from. As a result, whoever gets the nod on Friday will be up for the test of facing Forest.
Cooper’s men will need to be at it again and if they can grab three points it’ll be the sixth win in succession.