HomeForest suffer Wood blow as striker sidelined with hamstring injury

Forest suffer Wood blow as striker sidelined with hamstring injury

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Nottingham Forest will be without their leading goalscorer Chris Wood “for some time” after Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed the striker is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Wood has nine goals for Forest in all competitions this season, with eight of those strikes coming in the Premier League. Their next-highest goalscorer, fellow striker Taiwo Awoniyi, has five.

The New Zealand international was absent as Forest played out a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on Sunday, having been substituted during a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal five days earlier.

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Forest currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone and are awaiting the ruling of an independent commission after being charged with breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules last month.

They host Bristol City in an FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday before facing Newcastle United, West Ham and Aston Villa in league action before the end of the month, and they will have to cope without Wood after he sustained a hamstring problem.

Asked about Wood’s condition on Monday, Nuno said: “We did a scan and there is an injury there.

“It is part of our job and we are not here to feel sorrow, everyone knows and we know more than anyone that we have to find solutions for these issues.”

When pushed on how long the striker would be out for, the former Wolves boss simply replied: “For some time.”

Meanwhile, Forest are close to sanctioning the departure of club captain Joe Worrall, who is set to join Turkish Super Lig giants Besiktas on loan ahead of Friday’s Turkish transfer deadline.

Questioned on that move, Nuno said: “The deal is being negotiated, we think everything is going well. We just have to wait for a final situation.

“Joe was club captain and it was an honour. Everyone wants to find a good solution and we wish him very well for the future. We hope he can play and enjoy himself in Turkey.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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