Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says David Vaughan could be out for around three months with a knee injury.The midfielder, who is on loan from Sunderland, built an excellent reputation on Trentside wth some strong performances in his initial loan spell, but now faces a lengthy wait on the sidelines.
His manager told Forest Player: “He has picked up a fractured patella (kneecap), which unfortunately will keep him out for the best part of three months.
“It’s on a similar scale to the losses of Chris Cohen, Kelvin Wilson and Dexter Blackstock. David is a very important player. It’s a huge blow for the club, the fans and the player himself.
“But we’re developing a squad for the future, that is our objective when we sign this type of player, and we hope he’ll be able to come back before the end of the season.”
The manager also confirmed Jack Hobbs, Rafik Djebbour, Danny Fox and Kevin Gomis will be ineligible for Wednesday’s FA Cup with Budweiser fourth-round replay at Preston North End due to not being registered with Forest ahead of the original tie.
But he says Djebbour and Fox have left themselves with plenty to build on after making their Reds debuts against Yeovil on Sunday.
He said: “As a striker it’s important to get that first goal, which Rafik now has. It will do him the world of good, we know there is still work to do with his fitness, but he’ll certainly be delighted.
“Danny is in a similar position. He hasn’t played for a number of weeks but I thought he acquitted himself really well.”
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