Nottingham Forest receive major injury boost as striker makes under-21 return

Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has stepped up his recovery from injury.

Nottingham Forest have received a big injury boost after striker Dexter Blackstock came through an under-21 game unscathed.

The 28-year-old has been out since early last season after undergoing knee surgery.

Blackstock played 45 minutes for the under-21s in a win over Colchester United, in his first appearance at any level since December.

The striker has scored 35 goals for Forest in his career, and has 20 assists to his name.

Defender Louis Laing scored in the 3-1 win, who was snapped up in the summer after his release from Sunderland. Laing had undergone trials with Manchester United in April.

Oliver Burke and Josh Rees completed the scoring, reported Forest's website.

Blackstock played under Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce for England's under-21 side earlier in his career, and the boss will be keen to get him back fit and firing to build on an extremely positive start to the season.

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