Reid currently finds himself out of the side as he continues his recovery from a long term injury problem.
The temptation for Freedman is to rush the player back because of the positives he creates, but the Scot has explained that’s something that he’s not willing to do.
“His condition is still a way off. We’ve got to be patient. We shouldn’t rush him no matter what the circumstances are,” he told nottinghamforest.co.uk.
“When you’re out for 11 months, especially at the age he’s at, it’s very difficult. He’s got the ability, he’s got a good attitude and, hopefully, after the international break we will see a fit Andy Reid.”
“He’s a good guy, we get on very well, I’ve known him a long time. I just hope people are patient with him.”
Why Freedman won’t take the risk
The obvious risk is that rushing Reid back to a point where he can play some part in the side, could create a situation which keeps him out of action for even longer.
Reid’s experience and his quality as a midfielder in different positions makes it vital for the manager to have him back and be able to use him consistently, without the worry that his injury issues are about to flare up all over again.
In the meantime, all he can do is work hard on his own fitness to ensure he gets into a good position in terms of putting some positive pressure on the manager and he can take a proactive approach to helping the club’s talented younger players.