Hobbs picked up a hamstring injury last February and has only just returned to first team training with Freedman stressing a message of caution in relation to when he’ll return to the line-up.
“Jack is back in training, he’s good to go – he was training over the international break, he’s looking very good, we’re looking quite strong there at the moment – there’s no need to rush him,” said Freedman.
While Forest don’t have a problem in defence and while Freedman has plenty of good options across his backline, there is no rush to bring him back in.
Hamstring problems are difficult because they are more delicate than other issues and can reoccur much more easily.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is a good example, with the forward having nursed a niggling hamstring problem since prior to the Champions League final last season.
For Hobbs, the main idea will be to continue training well and improving those fitness levels and getting the hamstring stronger for when he comes back into the team.
For the manager, he has to resist the urge to throw Hobbs back into the team prematurely, but fortunately he doesn’t seem to be under that pressure at the moment.
That could change if someone across the defence picks up a problem against Wolves, but hopefully Freedman won’t be put in that position and Forest’s good form can continue.