Chris Hughton has revealed why Harry Arter was left out of the Nottingham Forest squad which drew 1-1 with Luton Town last night.
It turned out to be a third successive 1-1 draw for Forest, who extended their unbeaten run to four games under Chris Hughton.
Glen Rea tapped in from close-range on 22 minutes, but the Luton man scored an own-goal amid strong pressure from Ryan Yates in the second-half.
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Forest were reduced to ten-men on the stroke of half-time, when Nicholas Ioannou was sent off for a strong challenge on Martin Cranie, but they found their equaliser on 64 minutes.
One player who was missing for the Reds last night was Harry Arter, with the Republic of Ireland international being omitted from the squad.
Arter featured for the whole 90 minutes on Friday night, so it was a surprise to see him missing from the teamsheet.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Hughton opened up on Arter’s absence, revealing that he missed the game through a slight injury.
He said: “He tweaked his ankle on Monday. He came out to train on Tuesday and we thought he was going to be okay. And then it was quite clear that he wasn’t.
“It’s minimal, but whether he’ll be involved or available on Saturday, I don’t know.”
It would be a blow if Arter was to miss this weekend’s trip to Middlesbrough.
He has been an excellent addition for Forest since arriving from AFC Bournemouth, and he’s added real energy and grit in the middle of the park.
They have plenty of options to choose from in the middle of the park, but Arter and Yates looked like they were going to become a really impressive partnership.