In the summer, Nottingham Forest permitted Lewis O’Brien to join Middlesbrough. He joined on a season-long loan, but now there’s a disturbing update.
Michael Carrick, the manager, has stated that the player will be out for some time. He suffered an injury in the weekend triumph over Watford and will now undergo rehabilitation.
O’Brien agreed to terms with Forest in the summer of 2022 for a fee of £10 million. He arrived from Huddersfield after the Reds defeated them in the Championship Play-Off Final.
After Forest’s departure, O’Brien will spend some time on the bench.
The 24-year-old looked to be making good progress with Boro. He was playing well, albeit in an unfamiliar position as a left-sided wing-back at the Riverside Stadium.
Now, it’s a really cruel blow for the player. He will hope that surgery isn’t required on this occasion and he can be back out on the pitch helping his teammates.
Carrick told the Northern Echo: “He won’t be back anytime soon. It will be a good few weeks, if not longer. He has specialists and surgeons to see, so we’ll keep you updated.”
O’Brien needs to get fit quickly
This really isn’t ideal and it’s hard not to feel sympathy for O’Brien. There was an argument to say that he could have done a job during the second half of last season.
Instead, he was left out of the 25-man roster and loaned to D.C. United. He performed admirably in Wayne Rooney’s team, earning him a move to Boro.
With games approaching thick and fast, this injury comes at the worst possible time. Forest and Boro will be praying for good news, and that he will be on the mend shortly.