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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 February, 2003, 19:00 GMT
Johnson injury rocks Reds
Nottingham Forest striker David Johnson
Johnson will miss much of Forest's run-in
Nottingham Forest's promotion hopes have suffered a massive blow with the news that striker David Johnson is facing six weeks out of action through injury.

Johnson had to undergo an exploratory knee operation to find out the extent of a problem which he has had for the last month or so.

The operation found that Johnson has suffered a tear of his posterior cruciate ligament, and means he will miss some crucial games as Forest go for promotion.

Reds boss Paul Hart was disappointed for the First Division's leading scorer and admitted he would be a big loss for the side.

"Obviously, it's a major blow to us because nobody wants to lose a player of David's calibre for any length of time.

"But while we are bitterly disappointed about that we are relieved that we have got to the bottom of his problem and that he can get himself back to fitness as soon as possible.

"David will be able to get down to rehabilitation immediately and we look forward to him making good progress," Hart told the club's official website.


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