Dougie Freedman highlights four key losses that have made life tough at Nottingham Forest

Assombalonga, Antonio and Le Fondre

Andy Reid, Chris Cohen, Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt are all long-term injury absentees.

Nottingham Forest are struggling to get going this season and under Dougie Freedman there is certainly some rising tension among the fans.

After the win against Derby County prior to the international break things looked good but that reprieve has been short lived. They lost to Brentford last week and need to pick up a result against Reading this afternoon.

There has been some good news recently - with Chris Cohen returning to first-team training this week after 14 months out with a nasty knee injury.

He is just one of several long-term injury absentees and Freedman insists that with the problems they have had in the treatment room any team in the Championship would struggle. He told BBC Nottingham Sport earlier this week:

"He's (been) a huge loss to the football club. Never mind the managers, Stuart Pearce and myself, the football club has had a huge loss.

"Four players in Andy Reid, Chris Cohen, Britt (Assombalonga), Matty Fryatt I mean huge losses.

"Take them out of any team in this division and it's going to be difficult."

Midfield maestro Reid has not played since a 1-1 draw with Derby County last September, another 14 month absence as Cohen also played his last game for the club in that same fixture.

Assombalonga, the club's major goal threat, has been out with a dislocated knee since February and is not expected back until next year whilst Matty Fryatt has been out since March with a chronic Achilles problem.

Forest certainly need all four back as soon as possible if they are to get back on track.

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