Tobias Figueiredo has been ruled out until April as he’s yet to recover from a leg injury. The 25-year-old has been out of action since mid-December, missing a total of 15 Championship games over three months. Figueiredo’s last appearance for Forest came against Queens Park Rangers on December 22, and it appears supporters will have to continue waiting for his return.
After being asked by a supporter for an update on Figueiredo, Paul Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live said: “His injury has been a lot worse than they initially feared. It was a dead leg, which ended up developing into a blood clot – which is obviously very serious.
“He has been making positive progress recently, according to Martin O’Neill, but is still a little way off a return. It might only be two or three weeks, at this point, by the sounds of it.” Figueiredo formed a formidable partnership alongside Michael Dawson at the heart of the defence before his injury, making 13 league appearances.
Martin O’Neill was forced to shop in the transfer market in January after the Portuguese defender suffered a setback in his recovery that was to keep him out until early-Spring. Yohan Benalouane, Alexander Milosevic and Molla Wague have since played at the back, but recent results have been disappointing.
The Reds are currently 11th in the Championship with 54 points from 38 games, coming off the back of only one win in their last four. Forest are only three points adrift of the top-six, however, so all isn’t lost. They next face Swansea City on March 30.