Freedman comments on Forest fitness levels, wants more from section of the squad

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has suggested that there are players at the club still catching up in terms of fitness.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player that there are players in his squad who he feels are catching up in terms of their general fitness levels.

Freedman has praised the sports science department at the club for the job they have done so far in pre-season in terms of keeping everyone clear of any serious injury problems, as the club prepare for the opening match of the Championship season against Brighton.

“There are some players who have got to catch up. Matt Mills didn’t start until late so it’s been a build-up of what we’re doing. The sports science people have been fantastic behind the scenes in terms of educating them as to what’s needed – So far, so good,” he told Forest Player.

No serious worries for Freedman

It’s only natural that players who have endured doubt over the futures at previous clubs will be behind others in terms of their fitness.

Freedman’s and the club’s jobs are to ensure that the gap is kept as small as possible so players like Matt Mills and Jamie Ward have a good chance of being effective from the very first game of the season.

There is always the option for the manager to use his squad and rotate from the bench over the first few weeks if any key players are still a little bit behind the rest of their colleagues.

A week-and-a-half to go

What’s important is that there is still plenty of time left for the squad to train intensely and a match against Premier League side Aston Villa to battle through.

Anyone who feels they need extra match minutes before the competitive action returns can stress that to Freedman and the chances are that he’ll be on the same page.

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