Chris Cohen has told Nottingham Forest’s official site that the staff are having to drag him in at the end of every training session.
Cohen is enjoying playing football again so much that he doesn’t ever want to leave the training field.
However, he is pleased that Dougie Freedman is exercising caution over utilising him in the first team, as he has rushed back from injury before with disastrous consequences.
“They’re dragging me in from training every day and I even warm up for five minutes longer than everybody else before matches in the hope I can stay out there and no-one will notice," Cohen joked.
“But the last two times I’ve come back I’ve played every minute of every game and broken down, so I know the manager is trying to help me play for many more years - which I know I can.”
Cohen has suffered three serious injuries in recent times, and he is currently coming back from an absence which lasted for over a year.
The 28-year-old has made five appearances for Forest since returning to fitness, but he has only made two starts.
The central midfielder is unquestionably one of the Reds’ most talented players when fully fit, but Freedman is determined not to risk him.
Cohen’s importance to Forest was highlighted by the fact that he was recently handed a one-year contract extension, despite all his injury problems.
Cohen’s next chance to impress could come at the weekend, when Freedman’s side take on Bristol City on Saturday.