In the latest Nottingham Forest news, Steve Cooper’s team was held to a 2-2 draw by Luton Town at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest received the unfortunate news that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to spend six weeks on the sidelines due to injury. This injury occurred during the preparations leading up to the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Luton Town. His absence leaves head coach Steve Cooper with a sudden shortage of attacking options.
In addition to Hudson-Odoi, forward Divock Origi was unavailable for the match against the Hatters, and Taiwo Awoniyi was already sidelined with a groin problem. This lack of available attacking options meant that Forest had no backup for their starting striker, Chris Wood, at the City Ground.
Steve Cooper shared, “Callum is out for six weeks as he has suffered a hamstring injury. Divock has a hip injury that will keep him out for several weeks. It hasn’t been a great week for us, especially in terms of injuries, and this is particularly true for our attacking players. Taiwo is also unavailable, so we didn’t have any similar attacking options to make changes today. In a match like this, you usually want to refresh the lineup, but we had to make changes in other areas. It’s not our usual practice to substitute a center-back, and it’s not something I prefer to do, but Willy (Boly) informed us about how he was feeling, given his recent return to the country, and we believed that the change was the right decision.”
Nottingham Forest was also missing Gonzalo Montiel for the Luton match due to a calf injury he sustained while representing Argentina. Ola Aina made his return from a muscle problem by coming off the bench, but Nuno Tavares, Felipe, and Danilo remained unavailable.
Despite going up 2-0 after the international break, thanks to two goals from Chris Wood, the Reds struggled in the final minutes of the match as Chiedozie Ogbene and Elijah Adebayo secured a point for the visiting team.
Defender Willy Boly was substituted when Forest was leading by two goals, and this was one of three substitutions made by Cooper at that moment. The Ivory Coast international was feeling fatigued, having recently returned from international duty.