Nottingham Forest remain unbeaten under new manager Stuart Pearce having racked up five wins and six draws from the opening 11 games of the season. Goals have been hard to come by in recent weeks for Pearce, but the return of Matty Fryatt should be a welcome boost for Forest.
Whilst Fryatt has returned from injury, one player hasn't been so lucky. Playmaker Andy Reid is a key part of the Forest side having returned to the City Ground in 2011, with the Irishman first joining Forest back in 1998 as a 16-year-old from Cherry Orchard. Spells with Tottenham, Charlton, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Blackpool have followed before his return to Nottingham, but the 32-year-old has been ruled out of action with a groin injury - and in his column with the Nottingham Post, Reid revealed the extent of his injury.
"I went up to Leeds on Wednesday for a scan and to see the leading groin specialist in the country," said Reid. "Unfortunately he found a little bit more damage to my groin than we had thought there was. He felt the best thing was for me to have another injection, but that means the rehab is now going to be longer than we first thought.
"From what the specialist said it could be anything from eight to 12 weeks which is obviously really, really disappointing. I'm gutted but it's just one of those things that happens in football and all I can do now is be as positive as I can and work as hard as I can to come back stronger," he added.
Reid's prolonged absence is a big blow to Forest and Pearce, though if Sunday's 2-2 draw with Ipswich is anything to go by, former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury will be able to fill the creative void with aplomb.