Nottingham Forest have received positive injury news ahead of the club’s game against Charlton Athletic tonight.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side could see Joao Carvalho return before the September international break, with the Portuguese international set to travel down with the squad for their game tonight.
Carvalho missed much of pre-season this summer after suffering an ankle injury back in early June.
The 22-year-old recently returned to training, with Lamouchi calling it good news. He said: “It is good news for him and good news for us.” (Source: BBC Sport)
It seems that Forest are doing just fine without their record signing, having scored five goals in their three Championship games so far this season.
Considering that and more, he might not necessarily walk straight back into the starting line up.
For example, last season, the former Benfica man provided the fifth-most key passes of any player in the squad (1.2), but that creative flair has been very much alive despite Carvalho’s injury, with as many as five players already averaging more than the Portuguese youth star’s 1.2 key passes from the previous term (via WhoScored).
However, it’s more than just the creativity where the Nottinghamshire outfit are doing well. In possession of the ball as many as five Forest players are averaging a better pass completion rate this campaign than the attacker managed last season (78.4).
The 22-year-old may have shown his quality over the course of his Nottingham Forest career. However, with the attacking performances of others already proving to be better in comparison to his last season, the youngster should not immediately return to the starting line up when back from injury.
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