Nottingham Forest boss Pearce gives encouraging prediction on Reid's return date

Stuart Pearce is expecting to have Andy Reid back in Nottingham Forest training next week.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has suggested that Andy Reid will be back in training next week. 

Reid has been out injured since the middle of September, but it seems that his return to the pitch is not too far away. 

It is doubly good news for Forest fans, who also were informed of the news that key defender Jack Hobbs was back in training earlier this morning. 

“We think Reidy will be a week behind him [Hobbs]," Pearce told Forest's official site. "So this time next week he’ll join in with the first-team squad. We’ll push them on accordingly from there.

“The club means a great deal to him and his eye for a pass to split the opposition open and his eye for a goal, which he’s had for a number of years, are big things for him and Nottingham Forest Football Club.”

Forest have struggled hugely with the absence of Reid and have dropped down the table as a result of his absence.

The 32-year-old may not be blessed with great pace or mobility, but his vision and creative thinking has clearly been missed. 

Reid was the club's main link between their attack and defence and all their efforts to replace him during his time on the sidelines have proven fruitless.

Henri Lansbury has lacked the consistency to take up the role, while the loan signing of Tom Ince did not pay off. 

Forest's form has taken a dramatic turn for the worse and Reid now returns to a squad which he left at the top of the league with them languishing in mid-table. 

Currently Stuart Pearce's men are seven points away from the play-off spaces, but a string of wins would close that gap, and with Reid back in the side they look far more likely to be able to turn their season around. 

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