With 2020 fast approaching, Nottingham Forest midfielder Samba Sow looks set to make a return to first-team action before the turn of the year.
The 30-year-old has been missing for the Reds since the start of October, where he picked up a hamstring injury in the aftermath of the 1-0 home victory over Brentford.
The likes of Alfa Semedo and Ryan Yates have both returned from injury since, but the Reds have hit a blip in recent weeks after winning just one of their last six games.
Our Nottingham Forest fan pundit, Grant Brindley, has offered his thoughts on the return of Sow, and he spoke about how much the Reds have missed the Mali international in midfield.
“We have missed him very badly – it is no coincidence that our dip in form has coincided with his absence from the team.
“We have missed his legs and his drive massively as he carries the team further up the pitch and covers so much ground over the 90 minutes.”
Sow has certainly been a popular figure amongst the City Ground faithful since arriving from Dinamo Moscow in the summer.
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The combative midfielder has been a key player for Sabri Lamouchi’s side, adding presence and power to a midfield that is blessed with an ilk of talent and creative options.
Whether the clash with the Terriers comes too soon for Sow remains to be seen, but Brindley has insisted that he would start him if he’s fully fit.
“If he is 100% match fit then I would definitely start him. We need to get back to winning ways to stay in the mix and he gets into our best starting XI.
“It might be time to give Watson a rest, with the run of games coming up over the Christmas period he might benefit from being left out.
“I wouldn’t drop Yates as he is someone who looks to get in the box, something we do not do enough of, and he can also pop up with a goal.”