Bennett out again

Nottingham Forest look set to be without the services of Julian Bennett for the foreseeable future.

It's feared the popular left back suffered damage to the cruciate ligament in his right knee in yesterday's 4-2 home defeat by Doncaster.

If that is confirmed by hospital scans and tests, Bennett is likely to be sidelined for a prolonged period.

Bennett sustained the injury within seconds of joining the action as a half-time substitute but limped out of the action five minutes later leaving Forest, who had already made all three of their substitutions, with just 10 men.

Also causing concern ahead of tomorrow's trip to Norwich are Joel Lynch (hamstring) and Kelvin Wilson (illness).

Bennett replaced Lynch at the interval, while Wilson only lasted for 25 minutes of the Doncaster game.

Source: NFFC

Injury blows for Forest

NOTTINGHAM Forest have suffered a double injury blow after Julian
Bennett  and Lewis McGugan were ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Left-back Bennett suffered a calf tear in the 5-1 defeat to Wolves and
will miss at least the next three games against Burnley, Preston and
then Charlton a week on Saturday.

Midfielder McGugan, who has already been out a month, was expected to be
back in training this week.

But he has been ruled out for up to a further six weeks with his thigh

Bennett, who has started every league game this season and was player of
the year as Forest won promotion to the Championship, will be replaced
at left back by rookie Joe Heath or Chris Cohen for Saturday's match
with Burnley.

Manager Colin Calderwood said: "Julian has a torn calf muscle, he will
be out for the next three games at least.

"Lewis will be another four to six weeks. The results of his scan show
that he has ruptured a muscle in his thigh.

"The extent of Lewis's injury is such that we can't risk putting him
back into training just yet.

"It is far from the perfect scenario, to have these two players missing,
particularly with the patch of games we have coming up, with three in
eight days."