Nottingham Forest interim boss Paul Williams is optimistic centre-back Michael Mancienne could return for their next fixture against Brighton and Hove Albion.
While the former England under-21 captain is by no means guaranteed to be fit for the game, Williams suggests it is a possibility, which is at least a bit of good news amid a defensive injury crisis.
In the 2-1 loss away at Reading last night, Kelvin Wilson was substituted with a back injury in the first half, leaving left-back Danny Fox having to fill in at centre-back.
Williams told Forest's official website: "Mance won’t be out as long as people might have thought. He might be fit for the Brighton game – it’ll be touch and go.
“Lady luck’s not on our side at the minute. We’re getting a few bad cards dealt to us but we have to stick at it.”
Mancienne, 28, was injured 25 minutes into the 3-0 loss to Brentford at the weekend, and has been a regular for Forest this season, starting 29 Championship games plus one appearance from the bench.
Forest need him available as they bid to halt their run of poor form, which has not stopped since the sacking of Dougie Freedman last month.
One positive for Forest is that they do not play against Brighton until next Monday, giving Mancienne extra time to recover for the tough fixture against the promotion chasers.