Recent Nottingham Forest News: Chelsea Loanee’s Early Exit Due to Stomach Bug
Nottingham Forest midfielder Andrey Santos’ premature departure from the City Ground tunnel during Sunday’s match has been attributed to a stomach bug, as explained by head coach Steve Cooper.
The Chelsea loanee, Santos, was observed heading towards the tunnel before the conclusion of the Reds’ 1-1 draw against Brentford, even though all five substitutions had already been utilized. Santos had been among the substitutes but did not get a chance to make his Premier League debut for Forest.
Steve Cooper had contemplated introducing the young Brazilian into the game against Brentford. However, the fact that the 19-year-old was feeling unwell, combined with Forest being reduced to 10 men following Moussa Niakhate’s red card, influenced Cooper’s decision.
Speaking about Santos’ early exit, Cooper stated, “I spoke to him about that. It’s not something that normally happens, because you’ve still got a concussion sub which you can make as well.”
He further explained, “He was feeling his stomach – and he had said that was the case at half-time. There’s a bit of that going round amongst the group, myself included.”
Cooper had initially considered Santos as a potential substitution during the game, but due to his illness and the red card situation, this plan had to be abandoned. Cooper added, “It was a game where, as it was going on, I thought it could be one where he could come on. But with him not feeling well and the red card, it went against him. We’ll see going forward.”
Cooper praised Santos’ character, describing him as a “really good boy” with a positive attitude and a cheerful demeanor, emphasizing that his early exit was not a result of any frustration or disappointment.
Santos has made one appearance for Nottingham Forest so far, featuring for nearly the entire 90 minutes in the Carabao Cup defeat to Burnley at the end of August. In the league, he has twice been an unused substitute.