Having jumped off the bottom of the Premier League table with a shock win over Liverpool last weekend, Steve Cooper’s side now have the simple task of travelling to north London to take on current league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
And, given that Cooper has revealed a clean bill of health from last week, it is likely that he fields an unchanged XI for the first time this season, with the Forest boss having previously struggled to work out his best side following the busiest transfer window in Premier League history.
“We haven’t picked up any new injuries from the last game or this week’s training. The boys who are out a little while are still going through the process, but no new news”, he explained ahead of the clash.
Summer additions back in the fold
While Sunday may come too soon, Forest have been boosted by the fact that both Harry O’Brien and Renan Lodi have returned to training after illness and injury respectively.
Atletico Madrid loanee Lodi was a late substitute against Liverpool, and could be in contention to start at the Emirates, with Cooper explaining that “Lewis and Renan are back training. Lewis has only come back in the past few days.”
“Renan just about made the bench against Liverpool and came on, so that was a plus. It has been good for him to get a normal week’s training, because he’s needed that. We will see where they are at for the weekend.”
Long term absentees remain
While there is largely a clean bill of health, however, there remain long term injury woes for Forest. Moussa Niakhate (hamstring), Omar Richards (hairline fracture of the leg) and Harry Toffolo (hamstring) are all absent as it stands, with Richards not expected to play until 2023.
However, Cooper has found what seems to be a winning formula, and is likely to stick by it as his side look for a second consecutive Premier League giantkilling.