Five Forest players set to miss season opener, including first-choice back-four

Nottingham Forest look set to start the new season in a similar predicament to the last after announcing five players could miss the game against Blackpool.

Nottingham Forest were plagued with injury problems throughout last season and, in the end, it ultimately put a halt on their push for promotion.

The Reds ended the season in disappointing fashion; winning just two of their final 16 Championship matches.

It was a run of form which was deemed unacceptable by owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi and after the heavy defeat to local rivals Derby County, Billy Davies was sacked with immediate effect.

''Derby wanted three points from the start,'' said Fawaz on the sacking of Billy Davies.

''It was as if we were playing against Barcelona, not Derby, we might lose to them, but not 5-0. It really hurt me.

''I decided to make the change after the Derby game. We were really poor. I felt sorry for the fans. They deserved better than that.''

Due to the amount of injuries at the club during his tenure, it was thought the rigorous training regime imposed by the Scottish manager could have been reason the build up in the treatment room was so bad.

Nevertheless, it seems Stuart Pearce may be suffering from the same luck as his predecessor as it has been announced that five key players from Forest squad could miss the opening game against Blackpool at home.


The biggest concern for Forest fans will, arguably, be their first-choice back-four: Cohen, Hobbs, Lichaj and Lascelles all missing vital pre-season training under their new manager.

Pearce, who took training for the first time on Tuesday, will obviously be devastated with the inability to field his strongest team for pre-season and in the match against Blackpool, but will no doubt ensure the team that starts on the opening day will be capable of picking up all three points.

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