Cooper worries about a “important player” for Nottingham Forest following fresh injury blow

The most recent national team news may cause concern for Forest fans. With news that one of their promising new players has returned early from the international break, Nottingham Forest has been given a potential injury setback before the start of club football this weekend.

Most recent squad news for Nottingham Forest
Steve Cooper’s team had a promising start to the season, but after four games, two wins, and two losses, they found themselves in ninth place heading into the international break. Six Forest players have participated in international matches thus far for their respective nations, with several memorable performances sticking out to supporters.

new signature In their final AFCON qualification match, Ivory Coast defeated Lesotho 1-0 thanks to a goal by Ibrahim Sangare, who is yet to make his debut for Forest. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s 6-0 thrashing of S. Tomé and Prncipe saw center-forward Taiwo Awoniyi score for his country. Ola Aina, a defender, participated in the match and played 73 minutes. However, there is some further, marginally worrying news for Forest supporters, as winger Anthony Elanga was pulled from the Swedish national team camp after suffering an injury in practice.

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What has recently happened with Anthony Elanga?
According to the most recent rumors from his native nation, the 21-year-old powerhouse departed their team camp right away to go back to Forest because he had a problem.

The winger was not used as a substitute in Sweden’s 5-0 victory over Estonia on Saturday, and the most recent development means he won’t be playing against Austria on Tuesday.

Although the injury was labeled as “minor” in an official statement issued by the Sweden national team, it is obviously severe enough to force a return to the Midlands sooner than expected. The origin or extent of the damage are still unknown.

How has Elanga fared so far this year?
Cooper and the club would undoubtedly suffer without the presence of the Swede, who has had a promising start to his career at Forest after joining in the summer after leaving Manchester United. Prior to the international break, Elanga gave Forest their first away victory of the season with a memorable match-winning goal against Chelsea. Elanga is already off to a strong start in terms of goals and assists.

His supervisor, who was pleased with his efforts following the outcome at Stamford Bridge, said:

“We want young, eager guys like [Elanga] on the team who we know have room to develop.

He is already a tremendously talented player, but he will grow into a key member of our team. It’s only a procedure. He will benefit from days like these as well.

Elanga, who makes about £25k per week at the City Ground, had been settling in at Forest before the break, so the team will be hoping the injury is not serious enough to threaten to keep the winger out for a prolonged amount of time.

The team returns to play on September 18 when they host Burnley, who have yet to pick up a league victory this year despite defeating Forest in the Carabao Cup’s second round in late August.



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