Nottingham Forest and Super Eagles striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has been ruled out of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Ivory Coast after aggravating his groin injury during the Super Eagles’ 1-1 draw with Lesotho in Uyo last week.
Following the injury, Awoniyi underwent surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several months, as confirmed by Forest coach Steve Cooper. Speaking ahead of Nottingham Forest’s upcoming clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, Cooper expressed the unfortunate news about Awoniyi’s condition.
Cooper stated, “It’s bad news on Taiwo; he’s had to have surgery, and he is going to be out for months. We’ll support him and try to get him back as quick and as fit as he can be, but it’s a really unfortunate situation and a blow for him.”
Awoniyi, who has been a key player for Forest with four goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season, faces a considerable recovery period. Despite the setback, Cooper emphasized the club’s support for Awoniyi’s rehabilitation, acknowledging his resilience in returning from previous injuries.
“We’ve got to support him through the process of coming back stronger. He’s done that once before here, and I’m sure he will give everything again like he did last time. We’ll definitely see him again this season, but it’s groin surgery, so it will take a little while,” Cooper added