Nottingham Forest have ‘fire in the belly’ as Ryan Yates progress report given

Head coach Steve Cooper believes that increased competition for places as injured players return to fitness may give Nottingham Forest an advantage in the matchup.

The Reds have had to deal with a significant number of casualties throughout this season, presenting an additional challenge in their battle for Premier League survival. However, several of those who have been on the sidelines for long periods are about to return.

Ryan Yates is among those who have been out of action for a period due to illness. He came off the bench in the last two games and played 60 minutes for the Under-21s earlier this week, a test he passed well.

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Meanwhile, Moussa Niakhate was in the squad for the match against Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since August and Cheikhou Kouyate joined training. The likes of Taiwo Awoniyi and Dean Henderson are expected not to be too far away from returning after the international break.

“It went well,” Cooper said of Yates’ start Monday. “It was part of his return to the game process that he had to go through.

“Yatesy loved playing for 21! He couldn’t wait to go play and was even more excited when he got back.


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