This isn’t particularly good news, Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper revealed that both Gonzalo Montiel and Serge Aurier are injured. In the case of Montiel, he was wounded during Argentina’s 2-0 triumph over Peru on Tuesday night.
Aurier was always a concern for the Reds. He’s not really looked particularly fit all season and against Crystal Palace, he was withdrawn at half-time of the contest. Now, Cooper has confirmed that both right-backs will be missing when Forest play Luton at the weekend. That leaves Cooper with a void to fill and he will have to shuffle his pack.
Cooper has confirmed the unfortunate impact of Montiel’s injury. This is certainly unwelcome news as it leaves the Reds with only one right-back option, with Neco Williams, who has seen limited action this season, likely to be the starter on Saturday. Williams is coming off two solid performances for the Welsh national team.
Montiel had been gaining momentum and came close to scoring in the second half against Crystal Palace. However, he is now set to be sidelined for some time, which is a significant setback for the team.
Cooper discussed the recent injuries in his squad, acknowledging that this is a definite setback. He mentioned that initial scans suggest it’s a calf injury, and Serge had to leave the field during the Crystal Palace match. In an ideal scenario, all players would be fit, but that’s not always the case in football.
Forest suffers a significant injury blow with the loss of Montiel and Aurier.
The two are really good players with solid game pedigrees. Both have international and Champions League experience, which will be sorely missed.
It was always expected that Aurier would be unable to compete this weekend. To now lose Montiel is quite amazing, and follows a similar pattern to last season.
Forest suffered loads of injury problems during 2022/23 and they’ll be keen not to collect anymore before they get some of their current fitness doubts back.
Cooper doesn’t sound fazed by these two injuries. In his eyes, it will be a case of the next man up and whoever gets the nod will have a big opportunity on Saturday.