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Saturday 24 June 2017

Forest 'keeper Henderson faces injury lay-off

Irish keeper Stephen Henderson
Irish keeper Stephen Henderson

Irish keeper Stephen Henderson is facing a spell on the sidelines after he picked up a serious injury while on duty for his club.

The 28-year-old was enjoying a good run of form in the Forest side and only last week Henderson told The Herald how he still held out hopes of getting recognition at international level.

But Henderson was replaced early in the first half of Saturday's heavy loss to Norwich City and while the club have yet to establish how long he will be absent, he will be missed.

"It was a big disappointment to lose the goalkeeper to what looks like a serious injury," says Forest's caretaker manager Gary Brazil.

"We will have to recover as a group and with Stephen we will have to be patient and see what the scans show. It is an Achilles injury but it didn't look good; it is a big loss for us."

Forest defender Jack Hobbs also bemoned the loss of the keeper. "Hendo has been mister dependable lately as he has pulled off some huge saves so to lose him is a huge blow. We just hope it is nothing too bad and he has a quick recovery," he said.

Wes Hoolahan scored Norwich's third goal in the 5-1 win, his strike one of the best of the day and a welcome goal from Hoolahan, only his third goal of the season and his first since October.

Canaries boss Alex Neil picked out Jonny Howson's goal as his favourite, just about. "It is like trying to choose between your children," said Neil. "You have Alex Pritchard, Wes and Jonny in there. They are all highly thought of. It is a tough one. If I had to be really forced into a corner I think because Jonny hit his first time and it is on the volley I would go for that one.

"To see some of the goals you've seen in the first half, they were a bit special."

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