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Five potential loan replacements for Britt Assombalonga at Nottingham Forest

Players from Crystal Palace, Cardiff City, Manchester United and Leicester City feature.

Nottingham Forest have certainly improved since Dougie Freedman took over from Stuart Pearce. Forest have won their two game sunder the tutelage of the former Bolton Wanderers boss, including a 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic yesterday.

But the win came at a cost.

Forest lost one of their star players for 12 months after Britt Assombalonga suffered a horrifying knee dislocation. The striker had scored 15 goals for the club this season and with that in mind they are clearly going to miss him.

So should they replace him?

Forest recently had a full transfer embargo on them lifted, according to BBC Radio Nottingham, so they can make a move for a replacement in the loan window as per the restrictions of their original part embargo.

So who could they target? Here are five realistic targets for Forest to consider...

Kwesi Appiah - Crystal Palace

Freedman took the Ghanaian to Selhurst Park from non-league Margate in 2012. He has since failed to make a mark at the club but has recently starred at the African Cup of Nations with the Black Stars and on a spell at Cambridge United.

A similar player to Assombalonga, this one's a no brainer.

Glenn Murray - Crystal Palace

Glenn Murray was also a Freedman signing at Palace, and he went on to score goals galore for the Scot. He had a recent spell at Reading but looks unlikely to get a look in at Palace for the rest of the current campaign.

Joe Mason - Cardiff City

Mason left a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers, where he worked under Freedman, in January after suffering a hamstring injury but he is approaching a return to the game and Freedman was a fan of his during their time together with The Trotters.

Mason scored ten goals in 28 games as a Bolton player.

Chris Wood - Leicester City

The Kiwi can't buy a game with The Foxes at the moment as it appears Nigel Pearson does not back him in the Premier League.

The recent arrival of Andrej Kramaric also reduces his chances if first-team football at the King Power.

A locally based lad who is sure to score.

Nick Powell - Manchester United

This is a deal that has been mooted by the Daily Mail. Powell is an attacking midfielder primarily but because of his size and build has often found himself playing as a striker.

He recently had a nightmare at Leicester City in a loan deal, maybe he will have more luck across the East Midlands.

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