Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has claimed that Orel Mangala will be out for ‘days and weeks’ with a hamstring injury. The Reds midfielder hobbled out of the 1-1 draw against Everton earlier this month.

The Belgian maestro had made a very strong start to life at Forest. He looked like a sound addition to the ranks and his passing radar is a joy to behold at times.

Now, it looks as though he will remain out of the fray for this week. Forest face Manchester City tomorrow night and then welcome Bournemouth to the City Ground on Saturday.

Cooper claimed Mangala injury
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Mangala arrived this summer from VfB Stuttgart. He has made three appearances for the Reds and Cooper will be desperately keen to get him back in the team.

The Welsh head coach did at least provide some positivity and insisted that the player shouldn’t be out for too long.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s not serious, it’s a hamstring injury. It’s still a bit inconclusive about when he will come back back. But, it’s more a case of days and weeks, rather than any longer than that.”

Cooper has claimed Mangala has hamstring problem

This isn’t really the news that Forest fans were craving. Still, at least it’s not too serious unlike the injury sustained by Moussa Niakhate that will see him miss months of action.

Forest haven’t enjoyed a great start to the season on the injury front and they will hope to improve in that sense and get all of their bad luck out of the way early.

Mangala cost the club £12.7 million and given his potential it does seem like a very decent piece of business by Forest.

Cooper claimed Mangala injury
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The hope will be that he can now recover well and return to action quicker than initially expected when he sustained the injury.

Forest will need all hands to the pump this season and Mangala’s top-level experience could prove integral during the current campaign.

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