Best player award thrills Aina 


By: Johnny Edward.

Nottingham Forest defender, Ola Aina, is thrilled to have been named the club’s Player of The Month for September, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The 26-year-old, who has made a positive start since joining Forest on a free transfer from Torino last summer, received 40 per cent of the total votes cast on the club’s website.

Reacting to his award, the defender thanked the fans for their support in a post on his Instagram story page.

“Thanking the fans for their support. I did a thing, thank you for the support.”

Aina, who succeeded compatriot, Taiwo Awoniyi, who won the award in August, played three times for the Tricky Trees in the month under review and helped Steve Cooper’s side  gain four points from a possible nine.

Aina was outstanding in Forest’s 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and their 1-1 draw at the City Ground against Burnley. He was also in action when they lost 2-0 to Manchester City.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will return to action for Forest, when they travel to London to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Nigeria international, who has been listed for the Super Eagles friendlies against Saudi Arabia and Mozambique in Portugal this month, missed Sunday’s Premier League game against Brentford due to injury, according to coach Cooper.

“Ola (Aina) is out with muscle injuries,” Cooper said prior to the encounter last Sunday.