Samba Sow was unavailable for Nottingham Forest at the weekend, as the Reds defeated Huddersfield Town by three goals to one at the City Ground.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side moved up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table, after goals from Lewis Grabban and Ryan Yates helped them ease past the struggling Terriers.
Despite saying that the midfielder would be available for Sunday’s clash, Lamouchi was without Sow at the weekend, admitting that it was his “choice” to leave him out of the side.
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As per Nottinghamshire Live, Lamouchi said: “Samba Sow was in the group with us. “It was my choice, because some other players are more ready than him.
“But he is available. Probably, with the game in three days, Samba Sow (could play), but also the others – Alfa Semedo – I need everyone.”
There can be no denying just how big of an impact Sow has made at Forest since arriving from Dynamo Moscow in the summer.
The combative midfielder is yet to lose a game whilst wearing a Garibaldi shirt, but he has encountered problems with his knee since joining the Nottinghamshire club.
Sow has missed around three months of action over the course of the season, and will be hoping to return to the side as soon as possible to help Forest win promotion.
Plenty of Forest fans have been voicing their concern surrounding Sow’s injury on social media, with some even urging Lamouchi to bring in a player to replace him should his injuries worsen next season.
Here’s what they had to say…
Hugely disappointing we can’t get Sow on the pitch. Brilliant that Johnson is finally getting his chances though. We need to give more youngsters game time when there’s the obvious potential there. #NFFC https://t.co/EYXruTuiEw
— ForestAnalytics (@AnalyticsForest) June 28, 2020
Waste of a salary
— SJH145 (@Scott70035794) June 28, 2020
Very precious 3pts which was really all that mattered. Get a couple more wins quick & we can start to dream. Still think the boss hasn’t figured out a midfield that works without Sow in it & I fear we need to improve that aspect fast. Potentially so much more to come imho #nffc
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) June 28, 2020
No shock Sow not fit again despite him allegedly being fit yesterday #nffc
— David Cooksley (@trickytree52) June 28, 2020
Convinced Sow is made up of Play Doh…good as he is we can’t be relying on players who can only manage 25 or so games a season…probably explains why we got him on the cheap #NFFC
— SouthWestRed (@red_till_death) June 28, 2020
With Sow missing yet again, I think we need to be looking for a replacement for next season.. Come back Jack 🤞 #nffc
— ᄃЯΛIG ↗️ (@Craig74Davies) June 28, 2020
Now we know why Forest were able to sign such a good player in Sow…because nobody else would touch him with a barge pole. #nffc
— Hannah Forest 🔴⚪️⚽️ (@hannahforest) June 28, 2020
Seriously is Samba Sow actually made of glass why keep suggesting he's fit then not in the matchday squad 🤔#nffc
— Martin Fretwell (@FretwellMartin) June 28, 2020