Nottingham Forest fans have expressed their concerns after a picture of João Carvalho’s injury spread on social media. 

It won’t be a good sight for Nottingham Forest fans as midfielder João Carvalho was photographed wearing a large orthopedic boot on his right leg, as well as using crutches. It certainly doesn’t look great on first viewing.

The Reds will be hoping that it looks more serious than it actually is. He will be a key part of Sabri Lamouchi’s plans for next season. The £13 million signing could play a huge role if the Reds are to challenge for a place in the Premier League.

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Carvalho was last seen in a Nottingham Forest shirt during the 2-1 win against Alfreton Town in the opening pre-season game. The former Benfica player was on the wrong end of a crunching tackle at North Street.

As a result, the 22-year-old has had to fly to Portugal for a specialist assessment on his ankle injury. This resulted in him missing the squad’s week-long pre-season camp in Spain last week.

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Impressed

The midfielder quickly became a popular figure at the City Ground last season following his arrival from Benfica. He picked up four goals and eight assists last season in the Championship, and made 40 appearances in total.

One of the most exciting aspects of his performances last season was that there is still clear room for improvement. He only began to adapt to the physical demands of the division towards the end of the season. His performance in the victory against Middlesbrough showed exactly what he can do.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post last week, Carvalho’s new manager, Lamouchi, was hopeful of the midfielder making a speedy return. He said: “João is a great player.

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“But unfortunately, in the last game, he received a kick. He has travelled to Lisbon for a double-check after previously having a test in London.”

It will be interesting to see the kind of role that Lamouchi has in mind for Carvalho, but one expects it to be a little while yet before he makes a return to full training.