Injury-hit Nottingham Forest gear up for visit of Arsenal

Injury-hit Nottingham Forest gear up for visit of Arsenal

Nottingham Forest's injury problems will not change dramatically in time for the visit of Arsenal in the EFL Cup.

Defender Damien Perquis has a chance of being involved following a groin problem while midfielder Thomas Lam will hope to overcome a hamstring complaint.

Striker Britt Assombalonga is still struggling with a calf issue and is unlikely to return while Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and Daniel Pinillos (knee) remain long-term injury absentees.

Former Arsenal trainee Henri Lansbury, his ex-Gunners team-mate Armand Traore and Ben Osborn will all hope to be restored to the starting line-up after being rested against Norwich on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, admits he was surprised to see Nicklas Bendtner sign for Forest and says the former Arsenal striker has a point to prove if he faces the Gunners on Tuesday.

Bendtner, 28, spent nine years at Arsenal but was unable to ever hold down a regular place in Wenger's side before signing for Wolfsburg in 2014.

The Denmark international scored just twice in his final full season at the Emirates Stadium either side of loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus.

When he first came through the ranks with Arsenal a lot was expected but a perceived bad attitude, as well as the plethora of attacking talent he was contending with for a first-team spot, meant he never fulfilled his potential with the Gunners.

After two years in Germany, Bendtner is back and playing in the Sky Bet Championship for Forest.

And Wenger believes it was the lure of guaranteed football that saw the forward move to the East Midlands.

"It was a surprise to me that Nicklas signed for Nottingham Forest, but at some stage Nicklas needs to restart his career," he said.

"You have to adapt and we are in a job when we have to show we are able to put our effort in everywhere and compete.

"Sometimes when you are a player of his quality, you just need an opportunity. We know his qualities and he is a top-quality player, but he needs to play."

If Bendtner does play, he could come up against Gabriel, after Wenger revealed the Brazil defender could make his first appearance of the season after overcoming an ankle injury.

The game comes too early for both Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, who are nursing toe and hamstring problems respectively, and Wenger is likely to give his fringe players and young talent a chance to shine in the EFL Cup as he has done in previous years.