Freedman provides update over Osborn fitness ahead of Forest's opening game

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has confirmed that Ben Osborn is in line to start the game against Brighton.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told the club’s official website that it’s touch and go as to whether Ben Osborn is ready for the game against Brighton.

The young midfielder popped a shoulder early in pre-season, which threatened to keep him out of the club’s start to the new Championship campaign.

However, Freedman has confirmed that the player is in line to feature towards the end of the week, or from Monday if he’s not quite ready.

“Ben should be okay. He trained with us this morning and most of last week with the physios. He should be fine for the weekend, at worst Monday morning,” he told

“We’ve got a strong, fit squad. Everybody’s healthy, which is great testament to the medical and sports science staff.”

Safety first

The best policy for Freedman and Forest over Osborn has to be one along the lines of safety first.

It’s obvious how important Osborn is to the Nottingham Forest midfield and therefore, it may be the better idea for the club to hold him back to ensure that he’s ready for the next game.

He’s vital in terms of controlling and dictating the pace of the game, as Forest slowly build pressure over teams, wearing them down and creating opportunities.

If there is the smallest doubt over whether to play him, Freedman has to protect him because it would be disastrous if the injury reoccurred during the Brighton game.

It’s also likely that he’ll be slightly behind others in terms of general fitness, despite having returned to training, because of the time he initially missed following the problem.

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