Steve Cooper has just confirmed a devastating Nottingham Forest injury blow for Scott McKenna. The player was withdrawn in the first half of Saturday’s defeat against Liverpool.
The Reds’ head coach has been discussing the team news with the club’s media team. He’s confirmed that McKenna hasn’t escaped serious injury and it’s bad news for the Reds.
The 43-year-old must be wondering what he’s done to deserve this luck on the injury front. It’s fair to say that Cooper hasn’t really been able to get his strongest team on the pitch all season.
McKenna has only recently returned to action himself. He was back in the starting line-up when Forest played Manchester United recently following a hamstring injury.
Now, the Scotland international will miss the remainder of the campaign. Scans have confirmed that the centre-back has fractured his collarbone and the road to recovery starts once again for him.
McKenna played for the 100th time in a Forest short on Saturday. He cost the club around £6 million from Aberdeen in 2020 and he’s proved a firm hit with the fan base.
The 26-year-old was a massive player for the Reds as they reached the Premier League last season. He won the Player of the Year award and was also named Man of the Match during the Play-Off Final.
McKenna lined up in a three-man defensive unit on Saturday. He plays in that role quite well and now Forest will have to try and utilise another player in his position going forwards.
Forest head coach Cooper has confirmed devastating McKenna blow
The 26-year-old has been far from perfect at this level by any means. However, he has shown clear signs that he’s capable of improving and he’s a big player for the football club.
McKenna is one player who cares about doing well for the football club. He gives his all in every single game he plays and Forest are going to be worse off without him in the run-in.
The challenge now for the stricken star is to come back stronger. McKenna is a talented player and given that he’s on a long-term contract, it’s fair to say that he will be a big player in the future.