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Wigley confirms Cohen injury blow

17 September 2014

Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley has confirmed that club captain Chris Cohen is facing another long-term absence after rupturing a cruciate ligament against Derby County on Sunday.

Cohen left the field after 15 minutes and a scan has revealed he’s picked up the same injury that kept him out for most of last season.

Wigley admitted it’s a huge blow for everyone at the club.

He said: “I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a better professional or a better person. We’re all feeling it and we hope he has a good recovery.

“It’s a blow for Chris, it’s a blow for the football club and it’s a blow for the fans. We know he’ll come back from it, we’ve no doubts whatsoever.

“You can’t put into words how unlucky he’s been but he’s been through it before and he’ll come through it again. We’ll get a fully fit Chris Cohen back.”

Wigley was speaking after The Reds beat Fulham 5-3 in a pulsating encounter at The City Ground, despite trailing 3-2 with 13 minutes to go.

Britt Assombalonga scored his first hat-trick for the club and Wigley hailed the performances of both the number nine and Michail Antonio, who scored to level the scores at 3-3.

Wigley said: “When you’ve got people like Britt and Michail in your team they will score goals. We went for it in the end and it paid dividends.

“With nothing to lose you go for the game and you back your forwards to do what they did tonight.

“With Britt we knew we were bringing goals but his effort and work rate every day is phenomenal and that will take him right to the very top.

“He’s got no ego, he loves playing football, he loves training and he’s taken to the club straight away.”  

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