John Percy of The Telegraph delivered a devastating Nottingham Forest blow that left Steve Cooper stunned.
The reputable journalist has provided an injury update on Scott McKenna and Willy Boly. Both players limped off after just six minutes against Fulham on Saturday.
The duo were in the midst of a beautiful partnership that had seen Forest go on a pretty decent run in the Premier League.
Before the trip to Craven Cottage, Forest hadn’t tasted defeat in the Premier League during 2023. Now they have a huge problem.
With Moussa Niakhate already injured, the Reds have been handed a devastating prognosis regarding Boly and McKenna.
For Boly, his hamstring problem will threaten his season. Percy reports that he will be out for three months, and that is a shame for a consistently good player.
McKenna had some injury problems during his first season at the club. During 2021/22, however, he played 45 of Forest’s 46 games in the Championship.
He will be out for as long as eight weeks with a hamstring problem. The Scotland international was slowly but surely starting to look like a Premier League enforcer too.
The pair will begin their rehabilitation immediately and now Felipe and Joe Worrall are the only two defenders currently available.
John Percy has delivered a huge Forest blow
Never has a single Forest fan wished for a player to come back as quickly as they hope Moussa Niakhate can now recover.
The Senegal international hasn’t played since August but in the two games he did play, he proved a real presence for the Reds.
Losing McKenna and Boly is unfortunate. Especially considering Steve Cook was omitted from the 25-man squad this time around.
Cooper has never used injuries as an excuse and now it’s a case of next man up.
Supporters must get behind Worrall and Felipe as the Reds bid to ensure they stay in the Premier League for another season.