Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton has revealed that Luke Freeman missed last night’s defeat to AFC Bournemouth because of a minor injury.
Freeman has been in and out of the team under Hughton, making only four league starts since the 61-year-old came in.
The midfielder has endured a slow start to life at the City Ground, and has failed to replicate the form he displayed at QPR two years ago.
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The 28-year-old was left out of the squad as Forest travelled to the Vitality Stadium, before losing 2-0 to high-flying AFC Bournemouth.
Goals at the start of each half from Junior Stanislas secured a 2-0 win for the hosts, as Forest fell to their seventh defeat of the campaign.
Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham after last night’s defeat, Hughton revealed that Freeman missed the clash due to a groin injury.
🗣 Hughton (on Freeman): “Touch wood with Luke I think he’ll be fine. It’s just a slight groin injury that he’s got, but we’re hoping it will be a minimal amount of time.” #NFFC
— BBC Nottingham Sport (@BBCRNS) November 24, 2020
Freeman joins the likes of Samba Sow, Joe Worrall, Lewis Grabban on the sidelines, with Hughton looking to welcome them back soon.
Freeman hasn’t been at his best since joining Forest, and this minor injury blow is a frustrating one for him personally.
At this stage of the season, games come thick and fast and he will be keen to get back playing week in, week out sooner rather than later.
He is a player who can create something out of nothing and it hasn’t quite worked out for him on Trentside just yet.
He will be a useful player to have back, though.