Nottingham Forest have been handed a setback in their potential quest to sign Tottenham player Ryan Sessegnon. It’s now been announced that the player will need surgery on his troublesome hamstring and he will miss the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Sessegnon was linked with a move away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month. It was claimed that Forest were in the box seat to try and sign him, with Steve Cooper working with him previously in the England youth setup.

Forest Sessegnon
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Now, the club’s official website have confirmed this devastating blow for Sessegnon. He will have surgery in the coming days and now it’s not really clear when he will be fit and ready to play once again.

The 23-year-old signed for Tottenham in 2019 for £25 million. At that time he was viewed as one of the country’s brightest young talents but his move to North London has been easy.

He’s made just 58 appearances for Spurs, scoring three goals and claiming four assists. In 2021/22 he was farmed out to Hoffenheim and there he scored twice during 29 outings for the club.

Forest had been looking to offer the player a way out of Tottenham. A chance to rediscover himself as a player would surely have been something he’d have looked at, but he now faces a spell on the sidelines.

Forest handed setback in Sessegnon quest

Is anyone playing Forest transfer window bingo? Yes, you at the back? Okay, so now might be the time to scrub Sessegnon off of your potential shortlist for this summer.

Sessegnon looked like a signing tailor-made for Cooper. He has a proven track record working with youngsters and perhaps a move to Forest would have been perfect for the versatile player.

Forest Sessegnon
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It looks highly unlikely that he will move anywhere this summer now. It’s hard to imagine any club taking a chance on a player who has just returned from surgery.

Forest would have welcome Sessegnon. He can operate anywhere down the left and that level of versatility is not to be sniffed at when it comes to naming a 25-man squad.

It’s back to the drawing board now, however. Forest won’t be signing Sessegnon this summer and it remains to be seen if the club will keep tabs on him ahead of January.

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