By Ben Dinnery

25th Nov, 2022 | 2:08pm

Medical Insider on 'serious' Cheikhou Kouyate injury after Nottingham Forest twist

Cheikhou Kouyate should be fit and available for Nottingham Forest when the Premier League resumes next month.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Kouyate was stretched off after a challenge with Frenkie de Jong in Senegal’s 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands in their opening World Cup group game earlier this week (21 November).

Senegal manager Aliou Cisse revealed in a press conference on Thursday (24 November) that he “hoped” the 32-year-old would be ready to play Qatar on Friday (25 November).

However, he was not even named on the bench for the game against the hosts.

“We’re a calendar month away from the Premier League resuming so there’s nothing at the moment to suggest that he’ll be a doubt for those games,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Certainly for his availability for his national team, that will depend on results. In terms of being involved in that final group game, it’s highly unlikely and I would suggest that won’t happen.

“If they were to progress then that would be evaluated again.

“It’s nothing to suggest it would be too serious. It would be substantial if we are looking at four to six weeks out.

“Every indication at this moment in time would suggest that it’s on the lesser end of that severity scale.”

Kouyate had been in good form for Nottingham Forest before the break and started seven of their previous eight Premier League games.

He moved to the City Ground as a free agent in the summer after being released by Crystal Palace.

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