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Nottingham Forest: Club hit with double-injury blow ahead of clash against Wigan Athletic

Nottingham Forest: Club hit with double-injury blow ahead of clash against Wigan Athletic

Nottingham Forest have been hit with a double-injury problem ahead of their encounter against Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds will be without captain Michael Dawson, who is still sidelined with an injury, with Samba Sow out of action for a ‘few weeks’ with a hamstring injury (via BBC).

Forest go into the game in second place, however, on the same number of points as table-toppers West Bromwich Albion.

The club will be looking to increase their current unbeaten run which stands at 10 games. Their only loss of the Championship season came against the Baggies on the opening weekend of the season.

News of the injuries to the two players isn’t the greatest preparation for manager Sabri Lamouchi.

Dawson has been playing well in defence for the Frenchman this season as he has helped the club push up the table. The England international has made the second-most clearances of any player to have featured in more than one game. And he has also won the joint-second most aerial battles, showing his ability to play against powerful forwards (via WhoScored).

There also remains his experience across the various levels of English and European football, which can come in handy in a league some dub ‘the hardest in the world’ (via Yahoo).

In midfield, Sow has been a monstrous figure in shielding the back four. He’s made the most tackles and the most interceptions for Forest, showing his impact in nullifying the opposition in games.

His impact was felt in the 1-0 win away to promotion-chasing Swansea City, where Sow attempted the most tackles and most interceptions in the 90 minutes.

Sow and Dawson have proved crucial so far, and to have them out of tomorrow’s game is a massive blow for the side. They’ll be looking to increase their unbeaten run, however, could have a difficult time in the centre of their final third.

Forest fans, will you miss the two players during tomorrow’s clash with Wigan? Let us know your thoughts!

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