Kenny Burns: This is what Nottingham Forest need for promotion to PL
By Danny Wright
Kenny Burns believes that if Nottingham Forest had 11 players like Chris Cohen, then they would be battling for promotion to the Premier League.
Cohen made his 300th appearances for the East Midlands outfit in the surprise 3-2 win against Reading on Saturday.
However his career at the City Ground has been plagued by injury, and, according to Burns, he could have made played a lot more if it weren’t for his many setbacks.
Cohen, 30, had been out of action since November before he returned last month.
The Reds’ captain has made 20 appearances this season and club legend Burns has suggested that his lack of fitness is why they have been battling relegation.
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“It’s nice to see Chris Cohen reach a landmark 300 games for Forest – but I’m in no doubt he would have played 500 times if he’d not had such bad luck with injuries,” said Burns in his column on the the Nottingham Post website.
“What a top, top pro he is. If they had 11 players like him they wouldn’t be battling against relegation in the Championship that’s for sure, we’d be talking about promotion to the Premier League.
“Every time he has been out injured he’s been badly missed, which just shows you how important he is to the team.”
Burns, 63, was part of the Brian Clough’s legendary Forest squad that lifted two European Cups, two League Cups and a First Division title between 1978 and 1980.
His career also saw him turn out for Birmingham, Leeds, Derby and the Scottish national team before he retired in 1993.
Forest, who have been under the leadership of ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton since March, are three points clear of the Championship’s relegation zone after the weekend’s action.
They have two games left of the campaign against QPR and Ipswich, knowing that securing safety is still in their own hands.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Warburton has delivered his verdict on Forest’s point target.