Freedman explains why it's been difficult for him to get Osborn back into the team

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has commented on talented youngster Ben Osborn.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman told Forest Player why it’s been difficult for him to get talented midfielder Ben Osborn back into action following a shoulder injury.

Osborn was a sub for the game against Charlton earlier this week and may have started the game, had he not been suffering from an illness problem, which saw him lose a substantial amount of weight.

Freedman has stressed that the situation is not a serious one, confirming that he’s had a joke at the expense of the player as he looks to work his way back into the starting line-up.

“He had a sickness bug and I’ve had a joke with him that he could fit back into his school uniform because he’s lost about a stone of weight, which is difficult for a young kid, but he’s back training and will feed himself up over the next couple of days to put some of that weight back on,” he told Forest Player.

No need to take a risk

There was no need for Freedman to take a risk and start Osborn earlier this week.

He has some cover in central midfield and Osborn will be a vital player for the club over a very long period of the season.

Throwing any player back into a team after an illness is dangerous because of the strains involved, but Osborn obviously isn’t too far away in terms of a start.

He’s an extremely talented and valuable young player and Freedman would do well to wrap him up in cotton wool as often as he can to protect him.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch