Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley has insisted that Chris Cohen will return from his third knee injury.
Cohen will be sidelined for nine months following the injury he picked up during Forest's 1-1 draw with Derby.
Wigley told reporters: "It's a huge blow for Chris and the club. He is a very good player and a fantastic person. We will miss him him on the pitch and off it.
"But I have no doubts he'll come back. He knows what he has to come through."
The 27-year-old has scored 12 goals in 232 appearances for the club that he signed for in 2007.