Freedman admits Antonio is still carrying injury - but explains the positive aspect behind it

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The Nottingham Forest boss has been discussing one of his key players.

Dougie Freedman has confirmed Michail Antonio will be fit for Nottingham Forest's upcoming Championship clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to the club's official website.

The 25-year-old, who joined Forest for a reported fee of around £1.5 million, has been in fine form for the club recently - as well as the season as a whole.

He is, however, nursing 'certain injuries' according to his manager.

But Nottingham Forest boss Freedman has explained why Antonio's problems, paradoxically, are a good sign.

Indeed, Freedman is impressed with how the winger has caused himself the injury issues - simply through giving his all in every training session and every game. The Nottingham Forest coach says he has a number of players just as committed.

“Is he fit for Saturday? Yes he is. But he’s nursing certain injuries," Freedman told Forest Player.

“It’s born out of the impact of him playing week after week and the intensity at which he trains and plays.

“He doesn’t leave anything on the pitch at all and that’s what I want to try to produce at the football club. I have other players like that and it’s certainly a mentality that I want them to get used to.”

Forest's form under Freedman should set them up brilliantly for their next Championship campaign, where supporters will hope any bright starts won't peter out just as they did under former boss Stuart Pearce.

And Antonio will no doubt be a key factor in whatever success Nottingham Forest go on to achieve - should he stay fit, of course.

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