Nottingham Forest star Cohen out for a year

Nottingham Forest have been hit by the news that Chris Cohen will be out of action for nearly a year.

The midfielder, who has been regularly deployed as a full back by Steve McClaren, was injured in Saturday’s disappointing defeat to fierce rivals Derby County.

Cohen was laid on the ground in the build up to the Rams’ opener at the City Ground and striker Matt Derbyshire took particular exception to the fact that the visitors failed to put the ball out for the 24-year-old to receive immediate treatment.

Scans have revealed that it is a particularly severe knee ligament injury and McClaren told the club’s official website that he was devastated by the news: “It’s a big blow for us and the club but a bigger blow for him because he’s been our top performer this season.

“I was distraught when it happened and distraught when I found out the results. He has to take nearly a year out but he’ll be back and he’ll be stronger and better. But we’ll miss him.”

Forest have acted swiftly to bring in a replacement by securing QPR defender Clint Hill on a 93-day emergency loan deal.

Hill featured in all but two of the R’s games in their successful promotion to the Premier League last season and will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s visit to Watford in the division’s late kick-off.

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