Nottingham Forest are sweating on the fitness of Brennan Johnson but today they might have got a hint of some good news. The 21-year-old has been named in the Wales squad for their forthcoming games against Croatia and Latvia.
Johnson was substituted on Saturday as Forest lost 3-1 to Tottenham. It appeared as though the forward was holding his groin as he left the field. Afterwards, Steve Cooper claimed he’d be sent for a scan.
Losing Johnson would be seriously detrimental to Forest. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that their survival hopes probably hinge on the fitness of the academy graduate.
Johnson has been in seriously good form since the World Cup. In total this season he’s scored nine goals and he’s one player who has really adapted to life in the Premier League.
Now, his call-up to the Wales squad could highlight a real hint over his fitness. If the problem he picked up on Saturday was that bad, surely Rob Page wouldn’t have even included him among his group of players.
Only time will tell though. Johnson did look in some discomfort at the weekend and it will be interesting to see if he makes the game against Newcastle on Friday night.
Forest sweating on Johnson fitness and this could be good news
Johnson will be joined in the Wales squad by two of his Forest teammates. Neco Williams and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey have also been named by Page for the forthcoming games.
Forest will be desperate that the injury picked up by Johnson isn’t too bad. They are in need of more goals and the academy graduate is the only one who looks like getting them at the moment.
Hopefully, today’s announcement by Wales means that Johnson is on the mend. If Forest have any aspirations of remaining a Premier League club beyond this season, they simply need him to stay fit.