Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has revealed that Joe Lolley was unable to make his return to action during yesterday’s clash with Hull City due to a knock that he picked up in training.
The winger would have been hoping to feature for the Reds at the City Ground after missing the club’s recent clashes with Peterborough United and Swansea City.
However, Lolley was forced to watch on from the sidelines as Forest produced a spirited comeback to seal all three points in-front of their supporters on Saturday.
Hull opened the scoring in the first-half as Keane Lewis Potter fired past Reds goalkeeper Brice Samba.
Forest levelled proceedings following the break as Lewis Grabban converted from the penalty spot.
Brennan Johnson then netted what turned out to be the winning goal for his side in the 72nd minute.
As a result of this triumph, Forest moved to within a point of the play-off places in the Championship.
After the game, Cooper shared an injury update on Lolley.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post about the winger, the Reds boss said: “Joe is having a bit of a frustrating time.
“He was back in training, then he had another knock which has just forced him out for a few days.
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“Hopefully we’ll see him next week.”
For Lolley’s sake, he will be hoping to overcome his recent injury issues as soon as possible as he may struggle to force his way back into the club’s starting eleven if he continues to struggle with his fitness.
When you consider that Lolley has only managed to average an underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.40 in the second-tier during the current campaign, he will need to step up the mark when he is fit enough to feature.
In order to prevent the 29-year-old from suffering another injury setback, Cooper will need to ease him back into action in the coming weeks.