Freedman provides update over Ben Osborn's fitness

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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has explained he won't gamble in the fitness of youngster Ben Osborn this evening.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told the club’s official website that he feels he needs to be careful over how he handles youngster Ben Osborn.

The midfielder is an extremely talented player but Freedman has hinted that he won’t be rushing the player back into action for the League Cup game against Walsall this evening.

“Ben Osborn is getting stronger every day. Because of the difficulties we’ve got in midfield I think we’ve got to be very careful with how we rush him back,” he told

“I think Ben will definitely be involved on Saturday – (Cup game) will be a little too early. We’re trying to see how he recovers from training.”

No point in taking a risk

Osborn is an extremely important player for the long term vision of the football club under Freedman’s guidance.

Throwing him back into the team prematurely for a cup game creates the risk of his shoulder injury, picked up in pre-season, becoming worse and potentially keeping him out of action for an even longer period of time.

That would create extra pressure for Freedman because he can’t easily dip into the transfer market to find a replacement of equal talent and quality.

Priorities for Forest

It makes sense to hold him back for the Championship match against Rotherham because the league is a higher priority for the football club.

The league represents the chance to get into a position where going up to the Premier League is possible so that will always override any other competition for the rest of the campaign.

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