Taiwo Awoniyi signed for Forest in July 2022. (Credit: Nottingham Forest YouTube)

Nottingham Forest may miss their striker Taiwo Awoniyi for longer than expected, according to several sources.

The Athletic are one of several outlets reporting that the Nigerian striker will be out until at least March after he suffered a groin injury in their win against Southampton on 4 January.

The £17 million player had to be subbed off in the 71st minute, a sad ending to his night, after scoring the winning goal.

Forest, who are currently 13th in the Premier League, may find themselves in a relegation battle without their striker, who has scored four goals in 16 appearances.

Matthew Skelton, a 21-year-old Forest fan from West Bridgford, said: “It’s a shame because he was just starting to show his ability and hit a good run of form.

“Hope he has a speedy recovery but as always, next man up.”

The injury will surely push Forest even more now to sign Chris Wood, who is already rumoured to have Nottingham’s interest.

Awoniyi began his professional career with Liverpool in 2015 before bouncing between the Dutch and German leagues for five years on loan, until he was signed by Union Berlin and scored an impressive 15 goals in 31 appearances.

He then returned to the Premier league, signing for Forest this season.