Forest manager Sean O’Driscoll has revealed that Sam Hutchinson could be out for another six weeks with a knee injury.The Chelsea loanee hasn’t featured for The Reds since going off injured during the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in September.
And he is set for at least another month on the sidelines according to the boss. O’Driscoll said: “The prognosis is that it’s probably going to be another four-to-six weeks. He’d like to stay and rehab his knee here.
“We’re a smaller club, and I’m not saying we’ve got better care, but you can sometimes fall between the gaps at a big club like Chelsea.
“He’s their player and we’ve tried to do everything with their blessing, so we’ll assess whether he’d be better off returning for treatment or staying here.”
Elliott Ward is set to make his full debut for The Reds in Saturday’s Kids for a Quid game against Millwall on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The centre back, who joined Forest on loan from Norwich last week, will replace the suspended Greg Halford who picked up his fifth booking at Barnsley last weekend.
O’Driscoll added: “We knew Greg was on four bookings so we thought it best to bring a centre half in.
“It would have been nice not to have changed the back four again, especially the middle two because the spine of your team needs to be strong no matter which division you’re in.
“We played the back four for half an hour in a behind closed doors friendly against Notts County on Wednesday to give them some time playing together.”
Click here to watch Sean O’Driscoll’s full pre-match interview on Forest Player.