The striker dislocated his knee during the win against Wigan Athletic earlier this week, which leaves him unavailable as Forest aim to try and claw back the space in the race for a ply-off place.
Other managers could have panicked to try and identify a player who can come in on loan (during the loan window) to maintain the momentum in Forest’s attack, but Freedman reportedly isn’t one of them.
The news is both worrying and encouraging for different reasons.
On the one hand, it’s encouraging because Freedman is clearly keen to protect the identity of his squad, retaining the core qualities he’s trying to develop such as passion, commitment and hard work.
On the other hand, it’s a worry if he doesn’t act to bring a player in on loan, because it may mean he has to play someone out of position, inexperienced as a centre forward later in the season.
Whatever he chooses to do, there’s no doubt that whoever is urged to step up and fill the void has some big boots to fill.