Freedman explains what he feels is causing Forest's injury problems

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Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has explained what he feels is catching up with his team.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player he feels the sheer effort his players have been putting in is now catching up with the side.

Forest are on a run of four games without a victory and the Scot feels his team are starting to be affected by effort, as well as the injuries, which have limited his squad options at the club.

“I feel the huge physical effort which was required when I first came here is now catching up with us and is causing us injuries and is causing us to run out of steam,” said Freedman.

“This is when you need your squad to come in and rotate and unfortunately they’re sat on the treatment table.”

One of the most impressive things about Forest under Freedman has been the way the side has shown total passion and commitment to the cause since he replaced former manager Stuart Pearce.

To get into Freedman’s first team, players have to show genuine effort and express why they are a better option than anyone ahead of them in the pecking order for their position.

That can sometimes cause players to take extra risks and may even cause one or two to nurse problems, which have turned into more serious injuries.

The main challenge now facing Freedman is going to be how he improves the squad over the summer.

If he feels the effort the players have put in is causing extra injuries, he needs to find a way of giving himself extra squad options ahead of next season where Forest should be one of the teams pushing for promotion.

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