Sean O’Driscoll has revealed Nottingham Forest are working closely with Chelsea to bring an end to Sam Hutchinson’s injury lay-off.The 23 year old defender, who is on loan with The Reds from Chelsea, has missed Forest’s last six games with a knee problem and won’t figure in tomorrow’s game against Barnsley at Oakwell (kick-off 3pm).
Hutchinson spent yesterday back at Stamford Bridge and was accompanied by Forest’s Head Physio Andrew Balderston.
And boss O’Driscoll said: “We’ve had a chat with Chelsea to see where we are and how long both parties think this is going to last.
“We think we’ll get a decision today on what is the way forward for Sam.
“It’s a strange one because it’s not the knee that was causing us concern when we first signed him.
“That has been fine, well managed and we’ve had no problems with it.
“They have injected his other knee and it has reacted really badly and what Chelsea thought would be two days has ended up being two or three weeks and not really looking like it’s going to resolve itself any time in the future.
“That’s why the conversation between the two clubs and the player, because he’s the most important part in all of this, have been taking place.
“He’s desperate to stay; we’d like to keep him but we need bodies on the pitch.”
Hutchinson has been joined on the sidelines by Daniel Ayala, who sustained a hamstring problem against Blackpool on Tuesday.
O’Driscoll added: “Daniel, worst case scenario, will be out for two to three weeks or 10 days in the best case.
Either way I think he’s going to miss two or three games.”
Like Hutchinson and Ayala, Adlene Guedioura will miss the Barnsley game as he completes a two-match suspension.