Nottingham Forest manager Nuno Espirito Santo has provided an update on the injury status of Super Eagles striker Taiwo Awoniyi.
The 26-year-old is yet to feature in any of Nuno's four matches as Forest's head coach so far due to a groin injury which has seen him sidelined since December and ruled out of Nigeria's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.
In Awoniyi's absence, Forest failed to win any of the first six matches but are now unbeaten in their last three outings, picking up two wins and a draw.
Nonetheless, The Tricky Trees could do with having last season's top scorer available and may not have to wait much longer to have Awoniyi back in action.
“The last information we had is that he[Awoniyi] is progressing, he is already training on the pitch and doing some individual work,” Nuno told the media ahead of his side's FA Cup replay against Blackpool on Wednesday.
“Hopefully in two weeks he can start joining the group, and then it’s about how he feels with his fitness levels but we are talking about two weeks for him to join the group hopefully.”
Taiwo Awoniyi's impending return to action comes as a big boost to Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest's recent upturn in form has seen them move four points clear of the drop zone as things stand but they could soon be plunged into a relegation scrap.
Forest, alongside Everton, are facing a six-point deduction after being charged with breaching Premier League financial rules.
Awoniyi is largely expected to make his return to action in the middle of next month when Forest take on Newcastle, West Ham United, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion in successive matches.
Only three teams have found the back of the net on fewer occasions in the Premier League than Forest this term, highlighting their need for more firepower if they are to ensure their survival in the top tier of English football.
Despite featuring in just 10 of a possible 20 league matches so far, Awoniyi has been directly involved in a quarter of his side's 24 goals and his return to action could not come soon enough.
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