Stuart Pearce has been discussing Dexter Blackstock's re-emergence into the first team picture.
Blackstock had been out of the side for a year after suffering a serious knee injury, making his first start against Rotherham for over a year.
He could drop to the bench this weekend for the visit of Leeds, a club he once played for on loan, with Pearce clearly keen to stay cautious regarding the striker.
Blackstock returned for the under-21s in October, but he has been held back for his own good and to get up to speed, and the manager said he appreciates it has been difficult for the forward.
He told Forest's website: "I can’t lose track of what a bad injury it was. It kept him out for a long time and he’s had to be more patient than he probably likes to be, playing in the Under 21s with a view to making sure when he did come back into action he could deliver a level of performance and fitness befitting first-team football.
“We’re pleased to have him back. It’s an extra striking option. He gives you an aerial threat that’s always a problem to defences."
Blackstock's ability in the air is a trait Leeds will be aware of, pictured above scoring a header against them for Forest previously.
The striker had been strongly linked with going out on loan this month, but if he can show that he can compliment star striker Britt Assombalonga over the busy festive period, keeping him around will prove a sensible decision.