Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce is hopeful that top scorer Britt Assombalonga will be fit to face Derby this weekend.The striker sustained a hip injury after clashing with a Sheffield Wednesday defender last weekend, a knock which forced him off the field and has kept him out of training this week.
And although Pearce says there’s still a chance Assombalonga could line up against The Rams, he confirmed Matty Fryatt and Michael Mancienne will both miss the trip to the iPro.
The manager told Forest Player: “We’re keeping an eye on Britt on a daily basis and we hope he’ll be available, as we hope one or two of the other injured players that weren’t available last weekend will be up for selection.
“Matty’s still struggling with a slight problem and Michael won’t be available at the weekend. The game’s come too quickly for him, which is more’s the pity.”
Forest have endured a tough spell with injuries recently, adding to the long-term blows sustained by Chris Cohen, Andy Reid and the recently-returning Jack Hobbs in September’s reverse derby fixture.
But Pearce will not be panicked into rushing anyone back into the fold.
He said: “The players will come back when they’re physically ready. They’re doing everything they can. There’s a great medical set-up here and we’ve done particularly well this year with most of the injuries we’ve suffered.
“We’ve got them back playing as quickly as we possibly can and we’ll continue doing so.”
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