Attacker on loan from Sheffield United will miss Nottingham Forest's crunch trip to Sheffield Wednesday
Some Sheffield United fans may well be looking on at this weekend’s match at Hillsborough hoping their city rivals Wednesday fail to get what they need to keep them in the Championship relegation dogfight.
But one of their own players has been ruled out of the chance to make an impact on the fixture.
Blades-contracted Luke Freeman, on loan at Wednesday’s opponents Nottingham Forest, is injured and has very likely played his last game for the Reds, Forest boss Chris Hughton confirmed when speaking ahead of their trip to Sheffield.
“Luke Freeman will miss both of these games,” said the former Newcastle boss.
“He came off with a knock against Stoke and it’s a very minor strain he’s picked up, but it’s likely to rule him out for three weeks.”
Freeman has had a mixed time at The City Ground, scoring only one goal in 19 league appearances.
Two key men for Forest will also miss out. Tricky winger Sammy Ameobi, who has put in some fine performances against Wednesday in recent years, will sit out alongside midfield man Samba Sow.
“Sammy’s probably a mixture of things,” said Hughton. “He hasn’t been able to train, and if we were prepared to take a risk, he would have been able to train on Thursday.
“But he is still feeling his injury to a degree, so what we can’t do is take a risk which could rule him out of the last game.
“Samba Sow isn’t back training, but he is outside doing some good work.”