Kenny Jackett backs Stephen Henderson to come back strong after injury blow

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

The Nottingham Forest keeper injured his thigh on his first appearance for loan club Portsmouth.

Stephen Henderson of Nottingham Forest ahead of the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Hull, England.Stephen Henderson of Nottingham Forest 

There was plenty of transfer business going on at Nottingham Forest on deadline day last week. An influx of players arrived at the City Ground, with many also being sent on their way. One such player was goalkeeper Stephen Henderson.

The back-up goalkeeper was sent out on loan to former club Portsmouth to get some valuable first-team football, with Forest bringing in Romanian giant Costel Pantilimon from Watford.

Watford's Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon stands in goal after being substituted on for the team's injured Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (unseen) during the English Premier...Watford's Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon stands in goal after being substituted on for the team's injured Brazilian goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (unseen) during the English Premier...

For Henderson it was a chance to prove himself ahead of a likely summer exit from Forest and Kenny Jackett immediately installed him as the number one, ousting talented former Spurs youngster Luke McGee in the process.

Henderson however, who has had his battles with injury, has not had the best of starts to his new loan spell.

During his second debut with the South Coast side he picked up a thigh injury in the 88th minute and had to leave the game. It saw outfield player Kal Naismith go between the sticks and will keep him out of action for the next two months.

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Portsmouth at Sixfields on September 12, 2017 in Northampton, England.

Speaking to The News, Jackett was optimistic fans at Pompey would get to see Henderson again during his loan spell from Forest:

“I feel in the long run he can give us some calmness, some maturity, some experience and some information – and hopefully more clean sheets than we’ve had, certainly recently.

“I know he wasn’t here very long in his first spell, but he was really happy at Portsmouth and wants a chance.

“That’s a good thing, that’s something I like, I am sure he will get fit and go again.”

It is an awful blow for the Irishman, who has had to battle injury problems at Forest but had been fit all season. His luck just does not seem to be changing but hopefully he can return sooner rather than later for his temporary club and impress potential suitors, including Pompey, ahead of the summer transfer window.

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