By Ben Dinnery

28th Jul, 2022 | 2:08pm

Medical insider reveals Omar Richards return date after 'nightmare' Nottingham Forest news

New Nottingham Forest signing Omar Richards will miss at least the first “several weeks” of 2022-23.

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

Richards, 24, signed for Premier League new boys Forest from Bayern Munich earlier this month (10 July) but has not featured at all in pre-season.

As quoted by BBC Sport last Thursday (21 July), Forest boss Steve Cooper revealed that the left-back has suffered a leg injury that is set to see him sidelined for an extended period.

Cooper ruled out the possibility of a broken leg, but there are fears that the London-born defender has a hairline fracture.

Dinnery claims that Richards’ “nightmare” injury may be a result of the increased workload at his new club.

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“I’m reading between the lines in terms of the timeline,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“The stress fracture is something that can happen after a big change, an increase in volume and intensity in training. These are all risk factors, particularly with the tibia because there’s a lot of weight going through it.

“He is a young lad who hasn’t had a lot of minutes in recent seasons. He wanted to come and prove himself. When you’re coming from a club with such prestige, there is added expectation.

“In hindsight, maybe they could have done some things a little bit different. Then again, it could just be one of those things.

“It’s a nightmare for him and difficult for Forest, especially given that their squad is already stretched. It’s going to hit them hard to not have him available at least for the first several game weeks.”

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