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Freedman gives update on Jonny Williams' fitness, predicts 'big success'

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Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman believes Jonny Williams is an 'exciting player'.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told the club's official website that new signing Jonny Williams is still 'two or three weeks away' from being fully fit.

Freedman went on something of a trolley dash towards the end of the transfer window, snapping up Ryan Mendes, Nelson Oliveira, Chris O'Grady and Williams himself in a late signing spree for Forest.

Midfielder Williams, who worked with Freedman at parent club Crystal Palace, made his debut for Forest on Saturday as a late substitute in the 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, playing 15 minutes in a cameo role.

Now, Forest are preparing to face Huddersfield Town on Thursday night in a Championship clash, but Williams may again be restricted to a bit-part appearance.

Manager Freedman spoke to the Nottingham Forest official website ahead of the game, and admitted that Williams is still some way off full fitness right now, but predicted that the midfielder will be a 'big success' at the City Ground during his loan spell until January.

"Jonny still may be two or three weeks away from full fitness," said Freedman. "I think he’s going to be a big success for the football club so hopefully we can keep getting him fitter and he can show what he can do. He’s an exciting player who brings a lot to the team," he added.

The Welsh international, 21, should bring some creativity to the Forest midfield having impressed with Ipswich Town in recent years, and his understanding with his former manager Freedman should help him thrive whilst on loan at the City Ground.

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