Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid will not make his long-awaited return against Derby County, according to Stuart Pearce.
Pearce provided the Derby Telegraph with an update on Reid's condition and he admitted that this weekend's clash will come too soon for the experienced midfielder.
"He will not be ready [against Derby]." Pearce said. "He is ticking along, he has built up a base level of fitness.
“But he is not 100% sure in his own mind – and we are not 100% either – with regards to his injury."
Forest have suffered hugely without Reid after he picked up a groin injury back in September and they have been slipping down the Championship table at an alarming rate.
Reid offered them creativity and poise and they have struggled to function effectively without him, despite possessing a number of talented players.
As a result they take on Derby in dire form - having picked up just two wins in their last 20 games.
Another defeat, especially to their bitter rivals, would be a huge blow for the side and it could even spell the end for Pearce's time as manager at the City Ground, as he is on the brink of the sack, according to the Daily Mail.