Warburton delivers double Nottingham Forest injury update ahead of clash v Preston
By Danny Wright
Mark Warburton has revealed that Nottingham Forest’s crocked defensive duo Jack Hobbs and Matthew Mills will not be fit to face Preston on Saturday.
However the new Forest boss did suggest that the pair are making good progress towards a return from their respective injuries.
Hobbs injured his foot against Fulham in February in the latest of a series of injury problems he’s suffered at the City Ground.
The 28-year-old has only played 10 times in all competitions for the club this season but a return at Preston appears to be too soon.
Mills hasn’t featured for the East Midlands club since breaking down against Bristol City in mid-January.
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The club captain was originally expected to miss two months of action, but his injury has dragged on longer.
Warburton was quoted by the official Forest Twitter account as saying: “Hobbs is nearly there and Mills has been training with us so it is good to welcome him back and the international players are fine.”
MW: Hobbs is nearly there and Mills has been training with us so it is good to welcome him back and the international players are fine #NFFC
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) March 30, 2017
Forest have found it hard to field a team with natural centre-backs this season with left-back Danny Fox regularly slotting into a more central role.
Warburton, who took charge of his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest against Derby earlier this month, also revealed that all players who left the club on international duty have returned without picking up any injuries.
Forest have won just one of their last eight league encounters and a victory at Deepdale on Saturday could see them move four points clear of the relegation zone if results go their way.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Garry Birtles has said this 22-year-old has to start against Preston this weekend.