The Telegraph are claiming that Moussa Niakhate could return to the Nottingham Forest team later this month. The central defender signed from Mainz in the summer but has spent the past few months out injured.
Niakhate looked like an inspired signing after his heroics in games against Newcastle and West Ham. Disaster struck towards the end of the game with the Hammers though when the defender injured his hamstring.
It was initially anticipated that he’d miss a couple of months. Prior to the World Cup, however, Niakhate suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and he’s been forced into receiving more treatment.
The 26-year-old has been a huge miss for Forest. He brings strength and a burst of pace to the Reds’ defensive unit, with that attribute being something the team has missed in his absence.
Niakhate’s injury suggests that the law of sod is alive and well. The defender barely suffered any problems at Mainz and made 135 appearances for the club during his time in the Bundesliga.
Having the player back would be massive for the Reds. They are currently unbeaten in six games at the City Ground but need to revive their fortunes on their travels.
Niakhate could return to the Forest team this month
The Reds are definitely a better side with Niakhate in it. He brings something a little bit different and having been captain for Mainz, he adds a leadership element too.
It would be a massive plus to have him available for selection before the month is out. Forest are facing a run of seriously winnable games and they have to start picking up points on their travels.
Niakhate brings balance due to the fact that he’s left-footed and crucially he could really help the club start to shore things up away from the City Ground.
It has been a long road back for the Senegal international. Now, it looks as though there is some light at the end of the tunnel and Forest fans will hope this latest claim is accurate.