Dougie Freedman talks up Nottingham Forest's medical staff

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Dougie Freedman has piled the praise onto Nottingham Forest's medical staff.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman praised the impact of the club’s medical staff on Forest Player, since he took over at the club.

The Scot has seen his squad suffer a high ratio of injuries in the last few weeks, which didn’t help when the team were fighting to try and maintain a position near the Championship’s top six.

Forest have since fallen off the pace and into a mid-table position, but Freedman has praised the medical staff for digging in and doing their jobs effectively, despite a lot of change away from the pitch.

“They’ve (medical staff) been fantastic since I walked through the door – They’ve all really mucked in to make sure we’ve got to where we are – It’s difficult when a new manager comes in because the training methods are different and everyone has to adapt,” said Freedman.

“I need to make sure I use the squad better, but there’s a lot of enthusiasm from the coaches.”

The medical staff will be one of the groups continuously working away over the summer.

There are players at the club closer to a return to full fitness such as Andy Reid and there are others who are still carrying long term problems like Britt Assombalonga.

The staff have a responsibility to ensure that no one over trains during the off season, while raising the performance levels of players when they come back for pre-season.

It’s important that the preparation for the new campaign is handled effectively, because the last thing Freedman will want is for the side to start picking up injury problems over the early weeks of 2015/2016, which could put the club at an immediate disadvantage.

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