Form slump will not panic Nottingham Forest into rushing key men back

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says injured stars such as Andy Reid and Chris Cohen will not be rushed back ahead of schedule.

Stuart Pearce has told Nottingham Forest’s club website that he will not be rushing key men back into the fold ahead of schedule.

Pearce is enduring a rough ride at the City Ground, with an alarming run of form delivering just two wins in 20 outings in all competitions.

He is aware of the pressure he is under to deliver positive results, but has told Sky Sports that he has no fear for his job.

Instead, he is working hard to get those at his disposal performing on a regular basis.

Jack Hobbs has been welcomed back in recent weeks and is an important figure at the heart of the defensive unit, but talismanic midfielder Andy Reid and club captain Chris Cohen remain on the sidelines.

They showed at the start of the season how important they can be to the collective cause, but Pearce says he will wait on the green light from his medical staff before considering them for a first-team recall.

He told the club’s official website: “The players will come back when they’re physically ready. They’re doing everything they can. There’s a great medical set-up here and we’ve done particularly well this year with most of the injuries we’ve suffered.

“We’ve got them back playing as quickly as we possibly can and we’ll continue doing so.”

Cohen has been out of action since suffering a third serious knee injury of his Forest career during a clash with Derby County in September.

Reid picked up a knock in the same game, with a groin problem more serious than first feared.

He is closing on a return to action, but Cohen may be forced to sit out the remainder of the campaign as he endeavours to get back to full health and bring an end to his ongoing fitness nightmare.

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