Lichaj explains what would be too much for him at Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj isn't focused on the possibility of joining up with the USA national ranks.

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj has given Forest Player an update on his individual performance, while playing down the idea he could become a regular component of the USA national side over the coming year.

The full-back played down the possibility of representing the USA and also admitted that he feels he’d be ready to play to his full potential if the club’s opening game of the Championship season against Brighton was coming this weekend.

“In terms of my fitness, I’m feeling good. I think I’m ready. If the Brighton game came this weekend then I think I’d be ready for it – At the moment I just want to focus on Nottingham Forest, if I focus too much on that then I think it would be too much for me – I’ll do my best if I go there,” he told Forest Player.

What Lichaj’s fitness represents

Lichaj’s comments about his own fitness show that he, and maybe others, are already operating at fitness levels beyond where a lot of professionals will be at this stage of pre-season.

They show a commitment from the player in terms of the hard work he has put in to ensure that he’s ready to play a big role for the team.

It’s significant considering his position as full-back where he will be urged to do a lot of work in terms of getting up and down the pitch.

Why Freedman will be delighted with his comments

Manager Dougie Freedman will likely be delighted with his comments with regards to focusing on Nottingham Forest.

He’s not showing any signs of potentially being distracted by an individual aim, which could affect his mentality and form over the coming weeks and the manager will point to the American as a model example of the focus that all Forest players should have.

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