Osborn suffered a shoulder injury earlier in pre-season and is facing a race against time to be fit for the club’s opening game of the Championship season against Brighton.
However, the Scot hinted that the club would not rush their important star back into action and would allow him to ease his way back into the side.
“Yeah, his shoulder popped out so they tell me it’s going to be a couple of weeks but he’s on the mend. We could have risked him but we’re going to leave him to get it stronger,” he told Forest Player.
Osborn will be a vital player this year
It’s the correct approach from Freedman because of how important Osborn has become to Forest over the past 12 months.
The temptation to get him back into the equation as quickly as possible is quite obvious but it would be a senseless approach and one which could see him kept out of action for much longer.
The situation hasn’t been helped by links from the Huddersfield Examiner which have suggested that Burnley are looking to poach Henri Lansbury from the club.
That would create extra strain in terms of the midfield resources that Forest have available, but Freedman has dismissed the idea that Lansbury could leave when he spoke to the BBC.
Freedman would ideally like Lansbury and Osborn to build on the partnership they started to develop last season, which would make the middle of the team strong and give the team a better chance of being competitive in the race for the top six.