Steve Cooper has 'no ill-feeling' towards Nottingham Forest star after recent fall out
Steve Cooper says there is "no ill feeling" with Jonjo Shelvey after their recent falling-out and the Nottingham Forest midfielder will be available for the visit to Brentford. Shelvey, who has been carrying a knock, was left out of Wednesday's win over Brighton as a result of his tantrum at also being omitted from the previous match at Liverpool. Cooper says the incident has been blown out of proportion and their relationship is fine ahead of the crucial run-in. Asked whether he was left out against Brighton as a result of his behaviour prior to the Anfield trip, Cooper said: "And a knock to be honest. Sometimes things are not exactly what they are and we have to accept that. "Everyone is good, we are looking forward. He is really well liked in the dressing room and we need everybody in the situation we are in, with the injuries we are picking up. "There is no ill feeling in any way, shape or form, regardless of what may or may not have been said. We need everyone to stick together and get behind everybody and that's what we're doing. "Jonjo is available. He was carrying a knock last week and there was one or two other things, it is not a big a drama as was said, in some ways it was a training ground thing, but it is past us and we are looking forward to going to Brentford. He is 100 per cent available."
The injury came just as the Wales international had regained his place in the team. Cooper said: "Not good, when you saw the collison on the pitch, you feared the worst and unfortunately it is bad news, with the fractured jaw. "He has had an operation and it has gone well in a difficult situation for him and it rules him out for the season and now he is on the road to recovery. "It is a difficult situation for him, he got himself back into the team recently and was playing well and a confidence about him and had a spring in his step. It's a blow for us and a blow for him." Forest will assess Moussa Niakhate, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Seagulls, and Taiwo Awoniyi, who suffered a shoulder problem. On Niakhate, Cooper said: "It is still inconclusive with that one, we will have to see with regards to tomorrow but we definitely did the right thing, he felt something in the game and we were able to make the change but regarding the extent of his availability we will have to see on that."
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