He may have wished it was in different circumstances, but Dexter Blackstock has been getting more game time of late.
A serious injury to top scorer Britt Assombalonga has increased his role in the side, although he has just the one goal to show for it.
After fighting back from a serious injury of his own, he is keen to play a part under new boss Dougie Freedman, but told Nottingham Forest's official website that their form at home has been a disappointment so far this season.
He said: "Our home form is vital. We hadn’t been able to make The City Ground a fortress this season but we’ve had some good results over recent weeks and we are expecting to win the game on Saturday."
What's the record and how does it compare?
Forest have 13 wins this season in the Championship, but only seven of those have come at home. Their record of seven wins, five draws and five losses from 17 games at the City Ground in the league shows they have won under 50 per cent of the matches played there.
This is only the 15th best home record in the division. Rivals Derby have the best home record, winning 11 of 17 and only losing two.
The good news is Forest are on an upward trend at home, winning their last three games in front of their own fans in a row, the most recent a 2-1 win over promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.
What's next at home?
Forest face a big test this weekend, at home to Championship leaders Middlesbrough. Boro are vulnerable however, losing recently to Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday.
Their remaining home fixtures are against Rotherham, Wolves, Huddersfield, Watford and Cardiff.
The games against Wolves and Watford look the trickiest, but Forest should be aiming to finish strong and win at least four of their last six home matches.