Nottingham Forest boss confirms injury concern over in-form defender

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Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has announced that in-form right back Jack Hunt is suffering from an injury.

Nottingham Forest's unbeaten start to the Championship season continued on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Millwall, which means Stuart Pearce's men remain top of the table with 18 points from eight games as Forest have kicked off the season with five wins and three draws.

Yet their attention now turns to the Capital One Cup this week. Handed a plum tie away at Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, Forest have the chance to prove their quality against a top drawer side - yet their plans have already been hampered by some unfortunate injury news.

After the weekend game with Millwall, right back Jack Hunt has picked up a knock which Forest are concerned over. The Crystal Palace loanee, 23, has had an outstanding start to the season with his marauding runs up the right flank, and manager Pearce admitted that there is some worry over his immediate status.

"Jack has a kick that has hit him on the nerve, that is the early prognosis," explained Pearce. "If that is the case, then good. But we will not rush him back too quickly. We will make sure he is right when he does come back, because he has been a big player for us this season. He has been outstanding, he gives us a real outlet on the right side with his delivery."

Pearce's comments suggest that Hunt will miss out on a trip to White Hart Lane this week as a precaution, which could hand Eric Lichaj the chance to start at right back, but the American international doesn't offer the outstanding attacking ability that Hunt does - which will be a big miss for Forest as they look to produce a giantkilling against Spurs this week.

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