Nottingham Forest will be without Lewis Grabban ahead of their clash with Rotherham United at the New York Stadium tonight.
It has been a frustrating campaign for Grabban, who has endured a couple of injury problems and failed to find the net on a consistent basis for the Reds.
The 33-year-old has scored only three goals in 17 league games this season, with Glenn Murray now breathing down his neck for a place in the team.
Grabban spent nearly two months out injured through a hip problem, and he missed the clash with Blackburn Rovers at the weekend due a hamstring issue.
He will be missing again tonight, though, as Forest travel to Rotherham in pursuit of another vital three points.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Chris Hughton said: “Grabbs hasn’t quite made it. We’re relatively confident it’s not going to be too long, but probably tomorrow has come around too quick.”
Glenn Murray started at the weekend, and Lyle Taylor is fit enough to play after picking up a knock in the latter stages of Saturday afternoon.
Grabban scored 20 goals last season – the first player to do so since 2003 – but this season has been a frustrating one for him, there’s no doubt about it.
He has struggled for goals and struggled to keep his fitness levels high, and with quality competition waiting in the wings, he’s been unable to take his chance.
I think Murray is now Forest’s first-choice striker as he is a player who Hughton trusts and knows how to get the best out of. He is good at holding the ball up and is a poacher inside the area.