Nottingham Forest’s club-record signing Morgan Gibbs-White will miss the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United.

Forest boss Steve Cooper confirmed that the 23-year-old will not be available for Wednesday’s second leg at Old Trafford in his pre-match press conference.

Forest’s number 10 went off injured after 73 minutes of the first leg at The City Ground last Wednesday.

It was the former Wolves youngster who provided the assist for Sam Surridge’s disallowed goal when United were leading 1-0 through Marcus Rashford’s goal, but Erik ten Hag’s side went on to win 3-0 and take charge of the last-four tie.

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Nottingham Forest’s club-record signing Morgan Gibbs-White ruled out of Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester United

Nottingham Forest v Manchester United - Carabao Cup Semi Final 1st Leg
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Speaking about Gibbs-White’s absence, Cooper also explained how the promoted side are battling a bout of illness ahead of the trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

Cooper said: “Morgan’s injured I can tell you that. Obviously, you saw him limp off [against United] and I think most people assumed that he’d be out for a little while with the nature of what happened.

“There is a bit of illness flying around. So we’re going to have to assess all those things before the day.

“But there is a little bit of a bug flying around.”

With Gibbs-White ruled of Forest’s trip to M16, an opportunity could present itself for former Red Devil Jesse Lingard to come into Cooper’s starting line-up.

When Gibbs-White missed Forest’s 3-0 Premier League defeat to United at Old Trafford last month, the Reds former number 14 started the game before going off injured eight minutes into the second half.

Gibbs-White, a ten-time England Under-21 international, signed for Forest in the summer from Wolves for an initial £25m, plus up to £17m in potential add-ons, reports BBC Sport.

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