Nottingham Forest have been dealt another blow on the injury front with Andre Ayew returning to the club after a freak accident. The Reds already have several players clogging up the treatment room and this won’t be good news for Steve Cooper.
The 33-year-old was injured after slipping over at the Ghana training camp. Ghanian publication MyJoyOnline have claimed that the captain has injured his knee and will now return to Nottingham to be assessed by the club.
Ayew was an unused substitute last week as Chris Hughton’s team secured a 2-1 win over Angola. The African outfit face the same opposition later today and they will look to claim another victory.
The Forest striker checked in at the City Ground shortly after the transfer window had shut. He signed on a free transfer having played under Cooper during his time at Swansea.
Ayew hasn’t managed to get on the scoresheet just yet for the Reds. He did miss a late penalty at Tottenham, with Fraser Forster saving to deny him a first goal in the Garibaldi.
Forest do have options if Ayew is ruled out of Saturday’s game. Emmanuel Dennis scored against Newcastle, whilst Sam Surridge is desperate for another start having not made the starting eleven since the opening day.
Forest dealt another injury blow with Ayew now out
This could be worse. Ayew is hardly considered a top player and the club will be hoping and praying that Morgan Gibbs-White doesn’t suffer the same fate for the England Under-21s.
Ayew was merely signed to ensure that the team were well-stocked going into the final stages of the season. He was always viewed as a backup option and losing him won’t be season-defining.
The experienced player could be a big influence in the dressing room, however. The experienced players could be worth their weight in gold in that sense and hopefully, it’s not too bad for Ayew.
Forest will assess the player in the coming days. Now, the race is on to see whether or not he will make the game against Wolves at the weekend.