Nottingham Forest will face an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury sustained by Cheikhou Kouyate on day two of the World Cup.
The Senegal midfielder was playing superbly well but he collapsed to the floor in agony during the 74th minute.
It’s unclear what happened but the Forest midfielder was forced from the field on a stretcher.
Kouyate signed for the Reds during the summer transfer window and has been largely decent for Forest.
He’s been an integral part of Steve Cooper’s team that has been slowly but surely adapting to the Premier League.
Kouyate was added from Crystal Palace and last season he was named the Eagles’ Player of the Season for 2021/22.
As a result, the Reds got themselves a bit of a coup by landing the 32-year-old on a free transfer during the summer.
Kouyate was performing superbly well for Senegal as they took on Holland in their Group A opener.
He was pulling the strings and helping his nation towards a decent result in their first World Cup game.
An injury Kouyate seemed to change the momentum for Senegal and not in their favour.
They lost the game 2-0 and it’s fair to say that had the Forest man stayed on the pitch a draw was the least they deserved.
Forest face anxious Kouyate wait
This is serious stuff. If Kouyate is out long-term then Forest will certainly need a midfielder in January.
Kouyate has been magnificent for the Reds and he’s been desperately important to Forest this season.
The experienced player looked in a world of pain as he left the field on a stretcher and Forest now face an anxious wait.
Kouyate has been so impressive since he came into the Forest team and they will want this injury to be cleared up as quickly as possible.
The Senegalese player is vital to Cooper’s team and everyone associated with the club will have everything crossed that he can be okay.