Potential bad news for Nottingham Forest as Britt Assombalonga is reportedly called up by DR Congo

Britt Assombalonga celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Forest will fear missing the player during the African Cup of Nations next year.

Britt Assombalonga celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestBritt Assombalonga celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest spent much of last season wondering where their goals were going to come from. The main reason for their lack of goals was the absence of striker Britt Assombalonga.

The striker spent most of last season out of action with a serious knee injury and was sorely missed.

The last thing Forest will want is to lose him for any period of time again this campaign.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga celebrates at full timeNottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga celebrates at full time

Well bad news, as it seems he could be heading to the African Cup of Nations.

It was reported yesterday by Agence D’Information D’Afrique Centrale that the Democratic Republic of Congo have called up the Forest striker to their 37-man shortlist for the nation’s final Afcon qualifier against the Central African Republic – a game which if they avoid defeat will see them through to the finals in Gabon next January-February.

The call-up is a clear message of intent to have Assombalonga involved in international football for DR Congo.

Nottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga and manager Stuart Pearce at full timeNottingham Forest's Britt Assombalonga and former manager Stuart Pearce at full time

The Nottingham Forest star, who scored two goals on the opening day of the season, is the son of former Zaire international Fedor Assombalonga and was born in the African country.

But Forest fans will take heart from the fact that Assombalonga was called up in a similar fashion in 2014 and eventually asked not to be considered for selection.

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