Nottingham Forest considers retaining Dean Henderson after injury blow

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has said the club will consider signing a goalkeeper this month, after Dean Henderson was excluded for weeks.

Henderson suffered a thigh injury in their 2-0 win over Leicester, and scans showed a tear that Cooper said would keep him out for four to five weeks.

Wayne Hennessey will play against Bournemouth this weekend, but Forest may head into the transfer market.

Cooper said: “This is definitely a point of contention, we have two League Cup games (against Manchester United), Dean won’t be playing anyway due to the loan decision, so we’ve always planned these games without him.

“We have to get past this weekend and see where we are from now on.

“Dean will be gone for four to five weeks which is a blow for all of us, especially for him, but things like this happen and we go about our business and support Dean to get in shape as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we need to focus on preparing for the games.”

After Taiwo Awoniyi’s groin injury, Forest is definitely looking for a striker and they are trying to sign a loan move for Newcastle’s Chris Wood.

However, Cooper was tight-lipped about the New Zealand international player.

“I am not sure, I will not enter into any negotiations with any club,” he said. “It’s a question for the sporting director and the board, I just coach the players that come in every day.

“I’ve been very well informed about what’s going to happen, and the information comes to me pretty timely, when something might happen and I haven’t heard anything about anyone.”

Forest managed to get his 24th signing of the season out the door this week with the removal of Brazilian Danilo from Palmeiras.

They outlasted strong competition for his autograph, and Cooper is already impressed.

“As you can imagine he enjoys the weather but has a few friends like Renan (Lodi) and Gustavo (Scarpa)” he said.

“We’re going to have to be patient, he’s just come through the door, he’s a young boy and it’s a big move from Brazil to the Premier League for him.

“The first few days were really encouraging. He did really well in practice but more importantly to me he looks relaxed and seems to get used to it quickly and you never see a player at his best until that happens.

“We will really enjoy working with him. We have already seen the signs of the player, his age means he has the potential to grow which is good. We are really looking forward to him.”

Cooper had good news on the injury front with Moussa Niakhate, Jesse Lingard (both hamstrings) and Omar Richards (leg).

However, there is no timeline for Awoniyi’s comeback and Cheikhou Kouyate (hamstring) has been absent for a long time.

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