The 26-year-old featured in his first game since mid-February against Brentford away from home at Griffin Park, after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Hobbs played for the entire 90 minutes and was pleased with his return to competitive football.
“I felt really good physically - it was the best I’ve felt for a long time, which is pleasing,” the former Liverpool defender told Forest’s official website. “I’m delighted to be back and doing my bit for the team.”
Hobbs’s performance against Brentford was not exactly great, as Forest let slip a two-goal lead and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.
However, the defender’s display was encouraging enough. Although Hobbs ended the game with one shot, 33% pass accuracy and one cross, he won 75% of the tackles, and made one interception, seven clearances and four blocks.
Hobbs is understandably getting into the groove of things at the moment and it will take him some time to get back to his best, and one suspects that he will do so sooner rather than later.
The fact that Hobbs feels physically strong and is ready for more action is going to please the Forest fans, as it means that Freedman is going to have an established defender at his disposal for the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign.
The former Leicester City star was an important player for the Reds last season, scoring one goal and creating six chances in 27 Championship appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 27%.
Forest are currently ninth in the Championship table with 58 points from 41 matches, 13 points behind sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.