Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter has had his comeback from injury halted, with the Nottingham Post reporting that the player had to be taken off as a precaution during a runout for the club’s under-23 side on Monday afternoon.
Arter had been sidelined since January with a calf injury, with his last appearance for the Reds coming against Cardiff City in the FA Cup.
However the midfielder appeared to be on the comeback trail yesterday as he got a run out for the under-23s at the Nigel Doughty Academy as he was named in the starting line up.
But, as has been the theme with the 31-year-old since he arrived at the City Ground, his progress was stunted as he was replaced after just 23 minutes after taking a knock during the game.
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It is as yet unknown as to whether this latest setback could see Arter sidelined again or not, with the player having only made 14 appearances for Forest since joining the club back in September of last year.
This is the latest setback in Arter’s Forest career and it will be one that frustrates not only the player himself but also Chris Hughton as his manager.
The Reds had been looking forward to welcoming back the experienced midfielder in time for their midweek clash against Norwich City, however it now appears that he may be back on the treatment table if this latest knock proves to be even worse than first feared.
Now into his early thirties, maintaining Arter’s fitness is likely to be at the forefront of the club’s mind as they look to manage his return and perhaps they’ll be more cautious about bringing the player back in future after yesterday’s events.
One thing is for sure, he will add an extra option to the midfield for Forest and will certainly add some depth to what can be at times a slightly problematic area of the team at times.