Nottingham Forest defender Danny Collins sustained ankle ligament damage against Bournemouth on Saturday, but there is better news to report on Reds forward Jamie Paterson.Collins had been part of a Forest side which picked up seven points from a possible nine in the absence of Kelvin Wilson before the international break, and the former Sunderland defender kept his place in Saturday’s starting line-up despite Wilson’s return to fitness.
Cruelly for Collins he picked up an ankle knock, which manager Billy Davies has since confirmed to nottinghamforest.co.uk as ligament damage, and was replaced by Wilson in first-half injury time. The club are as yet unable to estimate a return date for the former Welsh international.
The Reds have however received a boost in the form of Paterson’s return to fitness. The summer signing from Walsall this afternoon told Forest Player that he was back in contention after recovering from an illness.
He explained: “I had a stomach bug – it was a bad sickness but I’m back now, I’m fit and I’m looking forward to being involved in some more games.”
Paterson will hope to be included in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Yeovil, a fixture he described as ‘another tough game’, and those who do feature will be playing in front of a sold-out away allocation.
Those with tickets are invited to send any queries about the trip to Nottinghamshire Police’s football intelligence officer Jon Sleigh via Twitter: @NottPolFootball.