In what is turning into a bit of a rollercoaster for fans, Chris Hughton has given the latest update on Jordi Osei-Tutu’s hamstring injury.
Despite Jordi Osei-Tutu raising hopes of an early return to action with a post on his Instagram story earlier this month, it seems he’s not quite ready to rejoin the Nottingham Forest squad for matches just yet.
The Arsenal loan full-back recently picked up a hamstring injury in Nottingham Forest’s game against Blackburn Rovers. Given he’d had three hamstring setbacks with Cardiff City last season, that was a concern.
At the time, Forest manager Chris Hughton confirmed Osei-Tutu had injured the same hamstring that put him out for large parts of last season, but suggested it wasn’t too serious. But Hughton now says he expects the right-back to be out for a bit longer.
Speaking last week, Hughton said: “Jordi is okay. He has a hamstring injury and we expect him to be back with us, but it will still be a number of weeks.
“It was a problem position for us earlier in the season. Once Jordi gets back fit, there will be a big level of competition, and I’d rather have that than where we’ve been.”
It’s looking like an October return is the most likely for the Arsenal loan right-back now, which would see him missing at least four more matches. Then it will be up to him to get himself back in the starting lineup for the Championship side.
Forest are currently bottom of the table, so Osei-Tutu will hope he can add something to change their fortunes and ensure he’s high up the pecking order in his position this season.
Exactly what that position is, remains to be seen. Though he’s primarily a right-back, Osei-Tutu featured at left-back for Forest before his injury, so it’s possible Hughton sees him there instead.