Forest star Lars Veldwijk could get the chance he's been waiting for against Derby

Nottingham Forest are outsiders to pick up any points against Derby County this weekend.

With the Derby Telegraph rating Britt Assombalonga as a doubt for Nottingham Forest's match against Derby County, the match could be the opportunity that Lars Veldwijk has been waiting for ever since joining the club this summer.

Veldwijk signed for Forest from Dutch side Excelsior of a fee the Nottingham Post reported to be £500,000, but he has barely featured so far. 

The powerful forward has made just 11 appearances to date and he is yet to hit the back of the net for the Reds. 

It has been a worrying start to life at the City Ground, but he has the opportunity to make amends in an instant on Saturday if selected.

The powerful forward has had to sit and watch this season as the likes of Assombalonga and Michail Antonio have scored with ease and their performances have only put more pressure on him to impress.

So far this season he has not been able to cope with this, but he could be an integral player against Derby. 

Forest inevitably will have stages of the game where they are pressed back inside their only half against their rivals, and Veldwijk's presence up front could, therefore, be an important outlet for them.

If he can hold the ball up and bring others into to play he would be a considerable aid to his side as they look to break out of their slump, which has seen them win just twice in the last 20 games.

Veldwijk's task against Derby, if he does get the nod from Stuart Pearce, is by no means going to be an easy one, but if he can live up to the challenge he may just be able to turn his Forest career around and establish himself as a first-team choice for the future. 

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