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Karanka admits it will be a problem if Michael Dawson’s injury is serious

Karanka admits it will be a problem if Michael Dawson’s injury is serious

Nottingham Forest managed to secure a convincing 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town at the City Ground in the Championship yesterday. 

Forest have been rather impressive in recent times as they continue to cement themselves in the play-off places. However, yesterday’s victory over the Tractor Boys ended on a sour note as Aitor Karanka was handed a potentially huge setback, as according to Nottinghamshire Live, Aitor Karanka admits it will be a “problem” for Nottingham Forest if Michael Dawson’s injury proves to be a serious one.

The defender limped off late in the 2-0 win over Ipswich with a hamstring problem, and Karanka says it is unclear how long the 35-year-old will be sidelined.

Sadly, with Danny Fox already recovering from a foot injury and Tobias Figueiredo still having two matches of a three-game ban to serve, it could leave Forest with a major problem at the heart of the defence.

Worryingly, Jack Robinson and Michael Hefele could be Forest’s only two experienced central defenders, which could leave them in a heap of trouble if one of them was to suffer a similar fate to Dawson.

Here’s what Karanka had to say on the matter:

“I do not know how serious it is. It might be a hamstring problem, but we do not know how bad it is,”

“If it is serious; if he is out for more than a week or two, it will be a problem.”

THE VERDICT:

Michael Dawson has been one of the standout performers for Forest this season as an experienced defensive rock at the back, so they could find themselves in a spot of bother if his injury turns out to be serious.

This could be a potentially huge setback for Forest if the defender is out for more than two weeks as this would force Karanka into looking at bringing Joe Worrall back to the club if this is possible, with their promotion hopes taking a huge hit as a result with Jack Robinson dropping into an unusual position.

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