Kelvin Wilson can use the fear of nearly losing his career as motivation to have a solid season.
Stuart Pearce has a backline which looks comfortable and that’s bad news for one defender, Kelvin Wilson, trying to fight his way back into the team.
After recovering from a back problem, which threatened to end his career, the 29-year-old has been kept out of action after a calf injury brought his pre-season to an abrupt halt.
He’s now closing in on a return to action and he can use the motivation of an extended spell out of the side to ensure that Forest maintain their impressive defensive start to the season throughout the rest of the campaign.
“I came back to Forest and played the first seven games or so, then I had a really horrible back injury and it really did scare me. I thought it would finish me. I had conversations with the physios, asking if it was it for me. More than once I asked them 'am I done?'” he told the Nottingham Post.
Forest’s physios deserve tremendous praise for getting Wilson back into some sort of consistent fitness and a positive state of mental wellbeing when other sides may have turned their back on a similar case.
The determination of having nearly seen his career slip through his fingers with the lift of being given a second chance by Pearce means that Wilson should be a safe bet when he eventually makes it back into Forest’s defence.
At the moment, it’s a waiting game but he seems determined and focused when he could have given up on any chance of playing for the club again.
“The team are flying and I don't expect to walk back into the team. If I was left out of that side at the minute, with the results they have been getting, I would be knocking on the gaffer's door and asking why.”
“I am not expecting to walk back into the team or even the squad, I will have to wait for my chance. But I am ready to be involved with the first team now, if called upon.”
There are options for Wilson in terms of staying fit and he could feature for the under-21s until he gets another first team chance, having already played for the youth side already this season.
He may be on the older side but rules allow a certain number of older players to appear for under-21 sides, which allows clubs to give them game time and keep them match fit.
Three goals conceded from five games is a great start and Forest are capable of maintaining it.