Senegal boss Aliou Cisse has handed Nottingham Forest a major boost over Moussa Niakhate.

The former Birmingham City defender has been named the Reds central defender in his latest squad.

Niakhate hasn’t played since the second game of the season when he was withdrawn against West Ham.

The hamstring problem wasn’t initially thought to be serious but the player signed from Mainz hasn’t been seen since.

Forest boost Niakhate
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Niakhate has been sorely missed and the Reds haven’t won since he suffered his setback.

The fact he’s been included in the latest Senegal squad, however, suggests that a return is imminent.

The 26-year-old has never played for Senegal before and played youth football for France.

Cisse’s team face Bolivia on Saturday before taking on Iran next Tuesday and Niakhate could feature.

The player will have a friendly face with him when he links up with the African outfit this week.

Cheikhou Kouyate has also been named in the squad and the pair are clearly fancied by Cisse.

The forthcoming games will provide Senegal with a chance to finalise their squad for the World Cup.

They’ve been handed a pretty decent group, with Holland, Qatar and Ecuador standing in their way of a knockout place.

Forest have tried a number of different options in the absence of Niakhate and they desperately need him back.

Senegal provide major boost to Forest man Niakhate

This looks like good news from a Forest perspective as surely the defender wouldn’t be called up if he was still injured.

Forest don’t play for just under a fortnight and that should give Niakhate a shot at playing against Leicester.

Forest boost Niakhate
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The Reds are desperate for a win or two and perhaps more crucially they’re desperate to get a settled team.

Niakhate’s pace has been a big miss and his first outing and a bit went really well, with fans taking to him.

Forest will hope that playing for Senegal doesn’t aggravate his injury but his call-up alone suggests he’s on the road to recovery.

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