Freedman suggests comeback is close for Forest's long-term absentee

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says that Andy Reid is edging closer to fitness.

Dougie Freedman has given a positive injury update on Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid at his press conference on Tuesday.

Reid has been out since September with a troublesome groin problem, but it seems that his return to fitness is not too far away.

“Reidy is making progress," Freedman said after he hosted an open training session this morning. "He had surgery just before I came and he is working very, very hard in the gym.

“Since I knew Reidy when I played, his attitude towards his fitness has improved a heck of a lot.

“I see him working hard every day and hopefully we will have him coming back soon."

Reid's return will be a major boost for Forest, but the news of his imminent comeback was tarnished somewhat due to Freedman's admission that Jack Hobbs was facing a spell on the sidelines.

Hobbs is due to be out for three to four weeks and it is another injury problem which Forest could do without.

The Reds' three most influential players are arguably Chris Cohen, Reid and Hobbs, but the trio are all so injury prone that it is basically impossible to formulate a long-term strategy around their talents.

Their absence is an even bigger blow following the news of Britt Assombalonga's 12 month period on the sidelines, as reported by BBC Sport.

Assombalonga has been Forest's top scorer this season and dealing without this many key stars would be a tough test for any club across the country.

With Reid back in the team optimism is set to rise, though. The Republic of Ireland international possesses the guile to unlock defences in the Championship and without him they have lacked creativity.

Despite this positive update, Forest fans will not be getting carried away with the news of Reid's upcoming return. His comeback to action has supposedly been imminent for a number of months now, but a series of setbacks have delayed it and the task for Forest's medical team will be to ensure that there are no further complications before he returns to training.

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