Karen Carney has claimed that Nottingham Forest still need at least one more centre-back before the summer transfer window closes.

Reds defender Felipe is still out with an ongoing knee problem, but Moussa Niakhate made his return to the first team last night after suffering a dislocated elbow in pre-season.

Steve Cooper’s side have played with three central defenders in both of their league outings so far this season.

The trio of Scott McKenna, Joe Worrall and Willy Boly have started both games against Arsenal and Sheffield United, with neither of them blessed with natural pace.

Forest are still in the window for a new central defender, but aren’t close to adding any reinforcements in that department.

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Karen Carney on Forest’s defensive situation

Speaking with Manish Bhasin after the game, Karen Carney admitted that Cooper’s side still need at least one centre-back to help them push on this campaign.

“I do think they need a new centre-back.

“They lack pace at the back and at times it was their Achilles heel towards the end of last season.

“I do think they need to add pace there. You saw at times tonight they got caught out, so someone with pace will help them in central defence.”

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The return of Niakhate last night will be a huge boost, with Felipe coming back in the coming weeks to further stock up the Reds’ defensive arsenal.

However, a new defender is still needed, but with less than two weeks to go until the closure of the summer window, Cooper and his backroom team will have to act quickly.

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