The Reds, who are in the middle of a poor Championship run, have been rocked by further defensive injuries.

Nottingham Forest have been rocked by a double defensive blow as both Michael Hefele and Michael Dawson are set for extended spells on the sidelines.

Hefele has played 18 games for the Reds this season, but has not featured since picking up an Achilles injury in the 4-2 win over Leeds United on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s Championship game against Wigan Athletic at the City Ground, manager Martin O’Neill broke the bad news about the 28-year-old.

Admitting Hefele is going to need surgery, the Forest boss told BBC Sport. “I am not likely to see him this season. It may be early to make that prognosis but I don’t expect to see him.”

In addition, Dawson is expected to miss six weeks after returning to training last week following a hamstring injury, but suffering another setback during O’Neill’s first training session.

Here is how some Forest fans reacted to the sad news on Twitter:

O’Neill will be hoping to secure his first three points as Forest manager after a 1-0 defeat to promotion rivals Bristol City in his debut game last time out.

The Tricky Trees currently sit 12th in the Championship table after winning just one of their last eight games, a run during which the club parted company with Aitor Karanka.

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