Yohan Benalouane is very much on the road to recovery at Nottingham Forest, but what standing lies in store for him once fully fit?

The Tunisia international has been out of action for several months.

He has not graced the famous Garibaldi since April.

His last action for the Reds came in a forgettable 2-0 defeat away at Sheffield United.

Benalouane was sent for an early bath in that contest and has not yet been given the opportunity to make amends for the second red card of his City Ground career.

He had been working on getting plenty of credit in the bank prior to that.

A memorable derby winner means he will forever own a special place in the hearts of many.

The mask he donned that day has been shed, but the hope was that superpowers would remain.

Benalouane has been shown to be human after all.

Complaint

A niggling back complaint has kept him stuck on the sidelines.

Surgery has been required to fix the problem, preventing a big character from making his mark in 2019-20.

As things stand, Sabri Lamouchi has seen nothing of the 32-year-old.

Through no fault of his own, but a sick note has done his cause few favours.

Benaloaune is, however, seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

He has stated on Twitter: “I;m working hard to get back as soon as possible.

“I will come back at the training ground in 6 weeks.

“I can’t wait to be back at home at the City Ground.”

If Benalouane’s self diagnosis proves to be correct, then six weeks takes him through to mid-October.

Another couple of weeks would likely be required to get him up to speed.

Absence

 

So, we’re talking Halloween time.

Which may prove fitting as a potential nightmare awaits Benalouane on Trentside.

In his absence, Forest have freshened up the ranks.

Joe Worrall has been welcomed back from Rangers, while Chema has arrived from Levante.

Tobias Figueiredo, Alexander Milosevic and Michael Hefele are still knocking around.

Quite where Benalouane fits into the picture remains to be seen.

He has already stated his full commitment to the Forest cause, having sparked transfer talk over the summer.

Passion may not be enough, though, to earn him favour again.

A lot depends on the state of the Reds by the time Benalouane is ready for a recall, but the intention is to build from this point and leave passengers behind, rather than hang around waiting for them.