Sabri Lamouchi has revealed last week that Ryan Yates underwent surgery to fix a long-standing issue on his knee and isn’t expected back until September. The 21-year-old travelled to Greece to see Nottingham Forest‘s physios and was hoping to be fully fit before the start of the season, but he’s since gone under the knife which will see him out of action for up to seven weeks.
Lamouchi told Nottinghamshire Live: “Ryan has had an operation on his knee on Monday. He will be back with us after, I hope, less than six or seven weeks. No more. But it was important for us to do this. It is a problem he has had for a long time.” Forest had the option to continue playing Yates in pre-season but opted for the surgery route so he wouldn’t need an operation in the future.
The Forest manager added: “In the first week of training, he was feeling some pain, so we allowed him to rest for a few days; to have a few days off. But we had to take the decision – and I think it was the right one for him. Ryan is a strong player and we need players like him back available as soon as possible.” If all goes well, Yates should return at the end of September.
His absence will be a blow as the Englishman stood a good chance of being a regular in the first-team. Yates made 16 Championship appearances between January and May last season, missing only two league games in the final three months of the campaign. He was a key player for Forest in 2018/19 but risks falling down the pecking order in 2019/20 during his injury layout.
Forest boast numerous options in Yates’ stead, however, with Lamouchi having Alfa Demedo, Claudio Yacob, Ben Watson, Tiago Silva and Adlene Guedioura to choose from in midfield.