Reid sidelined for six weeks in latest injury blow
Andy Reid's injury-troubled season reached a new low yesterday when he was forced to undergo surgery to correct a persistent groin problem.
The Irish international, who has started just six games for Nottingham Forest this season, has been ruled out for six weeks.
"It is a blow for us," said Forest manager Stuart Pearce.
"We have seen four specialists with him now and have now decided to go down this route.
"We hope that the operation will be successful and that his recovery will get him back on the football pitch well before the end of the season.
"We have no reason to believe this surgery will not solve the problem."
Reid's absence leaves Pearce with his own problems. Lacking creativity in Forest's midfield, he is hoping for a like-for-like replacement in a loan deal for Aston Villa's highly rated Ireland U-21 star Jack Grealish.
"It's a difficult one for me to talk about," said Pearce, "as I've not confirmed I'm interested in the player at the moment. But he's quite good, with a bright future."
Another player with a big future is Dubliner Sean Kavanagh, whose progress at Fulham was rewarded with a new three-year-contract.
Former Ireland goalkeeper Paddy Kenny was also the recipient of a new deal yesterday, when Ipswich Town provided him with a contract until the end of this season.
"I'm delighted to have got him in the door," said manager Mick McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Ipswich's Irish striker David McGoldrick is expected to recover from his knee injury in time for the Championship game against Wigan on Saturday week.
Another Irish forward, Leon Best, yesterday moved from Blackburn Rovers to Brighton on a loan deal.
Elsewhere, Wolves manager Kenny Jackett, has outlined how Kevin Doyle will have to play a game of patience if he is to re-appear in his starting line-up.
"On Saturday, will I be persevering with combinations of Rajiv Van La Parra, Nouha Dicko and Benik Afobe? Yes I will," said Jackett.
"It won't suddenly be Kevin Doyle coming out of nowhere to get ahead of those players on their current form. But if I needed to play Kevin, I would."