Forest’s site states that the attacker has played in all but one game for the club this season, subjecting him to massive strain physically.
However, he’s explained there’s a common sense way that he’s managed to stay injury free and effective throughout the season.
“I’m so happy I’ve managed to get through so far without any problems. It’s the first season I’ve played the amount of games I have,” he said.
“You’ve just got to stay on top of your body – it tells you when you’re tired and need a rest. You’ve got to listen to that and let your staff know so they can adapt your training.”
Antonio is arguably the biggest attacking weapon that Forest have at their disposal, which explains why he was frequently used by former manager Stuart Pearce and current boss Dougie Freedman.
It’s also significant that he’s been incentivised to be honest in the way he communicates with the club’s staff.
Other players may have been worried about their position in the team and would have played through fatigue, which increases the risk of an injury developing.
He’s an example of what the club are doing right in relation to the way they handle and treat players over the course of a long season.
Forest have been plagued by injuries to other players in different positions and it’s important they look at what’s gone right with Antonio to ensure the smallest number of possible problems moving forward to next year.