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Nottingham Forest: Reds set to miss captain Michael Dawson in clash against Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest: Reds set to miss captain Michael Dawson in clash against Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest are set to miss captain Michael Dawson for their clash against Blackburn Rovers later, according to the BBC.

The veteran centre-back is thought to be out until at least mid-October with a thigh injury sustained in the 3-2 win over Stoke City last Friday.

However, Sabri Lamouchi’s side welcome back Rafa Mir, who returns from a four-game absence from a leg injury. Ryan Yates has also returned to training, but is not yet fit to return to action.

Nottingham Forest will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship, which currently stands at eight games following their opening day loss to West Bromwich Albion.

The loss of Dawson will be huge for Forest given his performances for the club this season. Out of the defenders to have featured in all nine games so far this season, Dawson has averaged the least amount of fouls with just 0.2 per game. His experience is clearly a huge asset for the club, and it shows his cool and calm demeanour whilst defending. The Englishman has also averaged the second-most clearances per game, showing his ability to read the play.

Dawson’s injury leaves Chema, Tobias Figueiredo and Alexsander Milosevic as the options to fill in at centre-back, with none of them having featured in the league season so far. Meanwhile, Yohan Benalouane and Michael Hefele are also options, but are unlikely to be considered having not played a single game this season.

Dawson’s injury significantly limits Forest’s defensive options ahead of tonight’s game. It ensures that Lamouchi faces the headache of attempting to plug a hole, which has conceded seven goals in their last two games without his highly experienced captain.

Forest fans, are you confident of winning without Michael Dawson at the heart of the defence? Let us know your thoughts.

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