5 Premier League loan options for Nottingham Forest after Cohen injury - includes Chelsea youngster


Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Cohen suffered a third knee injury in three years on Sunday, leaving Stuart Pearce without his captain.

Nottingham Forest went one point clear at the top of the Championship on Sunday after a draw with East Midlands rivals Derby County, with Britt Assombalonga's goal being cancelled out by a late equaliser from Rams striker Leon Best. It was an enthralling second half at the City Ground, but the game was somewhat marred by yet another injury to Forest skipper Chris Cohen.

The 27-year-old has had rotten luck with injuries in recent years, with knee ligament damage curtailing his seasons in 2011 and 2013 before returning this summer. Back in the side under new manager Stuart Pearce, Cohen had made an impressive start to the season as Forest remain unbeaten - but now, another knee injury could rule him out for the rest of the season, with some fans questioning how much longer Cohen can play for with these repeated injuries.

The loan window is back open for Football League clubs now and Forest may have to dip into it in light of Cohen's injury, though Mikele Leigertwood could be back on Pearce's radar after the free agent spent time with the club in pre-season. If Pearce goes into the loan market, here are five Premier League players who could fit the bill...

Francis Coquelin, Arsenal

The Frenchman may need to stay at the Emirates Stadium as cover at right back after Mathieu Debuchy's injury, but with Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers there, he isn't exactly vital to their plans. Primarily a midfielder, the 23-year-old is stuck behind a whole host of players in the Arsenal pecking order, and after Aaron Ramsey enjoyed a productive loan spell at the City Ground, the Gunners may be open to sending another player there in the hope of a similar development.

Lewis Baker, Chelsea

Baker has been strongly pursued by Middlesbrough as Aitor Karanka looks for more favours from his former mentor Jose Mourinho, but the 19-year-old needs first team football in order to continue his development. Rumours suggest that he may have to wait until January for that to happen, but Forest's pressing need could make him a viable option now rather than in the New Year.

Adlene Guedioura, Crystal Palace

The Algerian enjoyed a successful 18-month spell at Forest after joining from Wolves in January 2012, and his impressive displays led to a move to then-newly promoted Crystal Palace. However, Guedioura, 28, has made only eight appearances for the Eagles and finds himself down the pecking order again after new manager Neil Warnock snapped up James McArthur from Wigan Athletic on deadline day. A return to Forest would be beneficial for all parties here.

Gael Bigirimana, Newcastle United

The Burundi-born midfielder had a great debut season in the Premier League with Newcastle, but played just once last season and has yet to feature this term either. Recent speculation in the North East has suggested that Newcastle are now willing to let the former Coventry youngster leave St. James' Park in search of first team football, and the energetic midfielder could be a realistic replacement for Cohen.

Wilson Palacios, Stoke City

This is the most audacious of the lot, but if owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi believes a player is worth big money, he will pay it - as we've seen with Britt Assombalonga. Palacios has the necessary bite in midfield which would allow Henri Lansbury and Andy Reid to go and attack, and having slipped well out of favour under Stoke boss Mark Hughes, the Potters wouldn't be against getting him off the wage bill for a few months.

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