Taiwo Awoniyi is nearing a return to Nottingham Forest after manager Steve Cooper confirmed the Nigerian striker is on his way back from injury. Awoniyi, who joined the club from Liverpool on loan in January, has been sidelined since March when he suffered a thigh injury.

The Reds are also close to having two other players return from injury, as Cooper also provided updates on Cheikhou Kouyate and Moussa Niakhate.

Forest have been desperate for players to come back since Chris Wood and Emmanuel Dennis left the club in the summer. Cooper is now hoping that the trio of Awoniyi, Kouyate and Niakhate can fill the void and help the club push for promotion.

The Forest boss is confident that Awoniyi’s return will be a big boost to the team. The 23-year-old has made a total of seven appearances for the Reds this season, scoring two goals and setting up two more. He has also shown glimpses of his potential, with his pace and power making him a huge asset for the club.

Kouyate and Niakhate will also be welcomed back into the team, as both players have had their injury problems this season. Kouyate has been out with a thigh injury since March, while Niakhate has been sidelined with a foot injury since the beginning of April.

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If all three players manage to make a full recovery, it will be a huge boost for Nottingham Forest. Awoniyi, Kouyate and Niakhate have all been important players for the Reds so far this season, and their returns could help the club in their push for promotion.

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