A report by the Manchester Evening News has made a worrying claim about Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The Reds stopper picked up a thigh injury during the closing stages of Saturday’s 2-0 win against Leicester.
The 25-year-old has been in fine form since the World Cup. His clean sheet on Saturday took him to six for the campaign – more than any goalkeeper not currently playing for a top-six outfit.
Now, he’s set for a spell on the sidelines. John Percy of The Telegraph claimed on Monday that Henderson would be missing for three or four weeks.
That wouldn’t be too bad. Forest don’t play a Premier League game for two weeks after their trip to Bournemouth and that does give Henderson some vital rest time.
Now, the Manchester Evening News has claimed that the injury could be worse than first expected. They believe that he has a grade two tear in his thigh and he could be out for four to six weeks instead.
Forest could enter the market for another goalkeeper on the back of this bombshell. Wayne Hennessey is expected to play at Bournemouth, with Jordan Smith likely to be on the bench.
Report makes worrying Dean Henderson claim
This is not good for the Reds. Hennessey would be fine to deputies in the short term but perhaps the Reds will look to sign another goalkeeper this month.
The 35-year-old has bags of experience. He’s seen it all before and did play a couple of games at the World Cup in Qatar two months ago.
Keylor Navas has been linked with a move to Forest. He earns a fortune at PSG, however, and it seems unlikely that the Reds could pay him the same.
The hope will be that this report is wide of the mark. Losing Henderson for three or four weeks would be manageable but any longer and it becomes a concern.
Only time will tell whether or not the Reds look to pursue another goalkeeper this month.