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Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury says he'd have Dexter Blackstock in his team 'every week'

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The Forest midfielder is enjoying Blackstock's current first-team run.

Nottingham Forest are in great form since Dougie Freedman arrived at the club in place of Stuart Pearce.

It is not just the team’s performance that has improved, but the performance of individual players that has sent them on the way up the table.

Two players who have really come to the fore recently are Henri Lansbury and Dexter Blackstock. Midfield maestro Lansbury has shone in a captain’s role, winning the Championship Player of the Month award.

Blackstock’s resurgence has been more forced.

Forest lost star striker Britt Assombalonga in February to a serious knee injury, which has seen Blackstock pulled back into the first-team.

Prior to Freedman’s appointment Blackstock had played just six times this season, and had not featured since a 1-1 draw with Leeds just before Christmas.

Since Freedman took over he has played nine times and scored three goals, with the most recent strike against Rotherham in midweek.

With Assombalonga, and Matty Fryatt also, injured Forest are believed to be in the hunt for a new striker. But Lansbury says he would happily play with the Antiguan international every week. He Tweeeted last night:

Another sign of the great esteem Blackstock is held in at the City Ground.

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