By Harvey Byrne

Philippe Montanier has revealed that young midfielder Matty Cash fractured a bone in his leg in the match against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The 19-year-old youngster left the field after 22 minutes after being involved in a collision with Villa defender Tommy Elphick.

Cash could be looking at three months before he returns to the Forest team, but the news has been met with some relief as the club feared the player had suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Paul Taylor, a writer for the Nottingham Post reported on Montanier’s pre-match interview via his personal Twitter account and revealed the extent of Cash’s injury.

Cash made five appearances for the Forest side in the new campaign, making his debut in the season opener against Burton.

The youngster had looked to establish himself in Montanier’s midfield in his breakthrough injury, but this injury will stall his development at the club.

Cash had a three-month loan with Dagenham and Redbridge in League Two at the end of last season, where he made 12 appearances scoring three goals.

In a bad term of events for the Midlands side, Thomas Lam, who replaced Cash also left the field injured with 63 minutes on the clock, while Hildeberto Pereira, who replaced Lam was sent off for over celebrating.

They face Rotherham away on Wednesday and they could be lining up with a makeshift midfield.

In other Nottingham Forest team news, Forest earned a late 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon and their players took to Twitter to celebrate the tie.