FL latest: McCormack comments on situation, Forest look to loan market

Nottingham Forest look to loan market, Leeds United star slams current situation, Sheffield Wednesday receive transfer blow on Sunderland striker, former Derby County loanee seeks first team football at Manchester United and former Blackpool boss slams foreign influence

A look at all the latest news and views from around the Football League:

1) Nottingham Forest revealed before their FA Cup match with Preston North End that influential midfielder Henri Lansbury could be sidelined up to three months due to a fractured back.

Lansbury, 23, is a huge part of Forest's midfield and his injury will leave a huge void in their side leading into the business end of the season.

Billy Davies admitted that despite heavy investment from owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi, they may need to dip into the loan market to cover the substantial loss of Lansbury in the side.

2) Ross McCormack has spoken out on the past couple of days at Leeds United, admitting that the feel around the city is that the 'club is a bit of a laughing stock at the minute'.

The past few days at Leeds United has seen a manager sacking and reinstating, a winding-up petition filed amid a failed bid for the club and unwanted Cellino moving into pole position to buy the club with no competition.

It's all a bit surreal at the minute in Yorkshire, but hopefully a sensible conclusion is on the horizon for Leeds United as they keep one eye on their ever dwindling promotion bid.

3) Sheffield Wednesday have received a huge blow regarding a possible loan deal for their exemplary loan star Connor Wickham. The £8m pound striker returned to Sunderland just days before the January window shut, leading to speculation he could be heading to another club. However, yesteday Gus Poyet vowed that Wickham would get his chance in the Premier League and Steven Fletcher's injury is a perfect excuse to throw him in.

4) Former Derby County loanee Michael Keane returned to Old Trafford in January after realising his first team chances would be limited in the face of experienced competition. However, despite the 21-year-old struggling to dismantle two Championship centre-backs, he has set his sights on a first team spot for the current Premier League champions. Keane is a highly-rated figure in Manchester and the England set-up, however, a first team call-up at the minute would be detrimental to both player and club.

5) Manchester United legend and former Blackpool boss Paul Ince has been in the press once again, talking about his troubled past, his love for his family and unsurprisingly attacked the foreign influx of players and managers in English leagues. The irony of his attack on foreign players is somewhat lost on him, as he himself spent two-years in Italy with Inter Milan during his playing days, under the management of current England manager Roy Hodgson. He also expressed an eagerness to get back into football management, so it could be interesting to see where is next for the former England star.

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