The Scot has confirmed that there are no muscle problems in his team and also stressed his hope that Ben Osborn won’t develop a long term injury, after picking up a shoulder problem in the club’s latest friendly against Doncaster.
“I’m very proud of the staff we’ve got here and the job they’ve been doing in pre-season. There are no muscle injuries at all – That means your training is spot on and that you’re getting there – Ben’s feeling fine and hopefully there’s no long term injury there,” he told Forest Player.
A massive plus for Forest
If Forest can ensure that all of the club’s key players stay clear of injury over the next ten to eleven months, it’s a massive plus.
Freedman has worked hard to improve his squad already this summer, but he doesn’t have the same sort of budget to throw at new players when compared with some of the club’s rivals.
In one respect, he is relying on his key men staying fit because he simply doesn’t have the quality to bring in if someone in a key area picks up a bad problem.
What happens if someone gets injured?
It would be a miracle if Forest go through the season without any periods where more than one player is unavailable through injury.
It’s in those situations where the boss could turn to some of the club’s younger players, with opportunities for youth products to follow in the footsteps of someone like Osborn as they seek to make an impression.