The striker has been out of action since last February with a dislocated knee.
Nottingham Forest's impressive recent unbeaten record now seems like a lifetime ago. They lost to Ipswich Town this afternoon at Portman Road. That result meant they have now lost their last four games in the Championship and those fleeting play-off hopes have gone in the trash.
So after the game manager Dougie Freedman had every right to be gloomy.
However he did have some great news to pass on which should put a smile on every Forest fans face.
The striker was signed from Peterborough in 2014 and came out firing at the City Ground - scoring 15 goals in 32 appearances.
But he suffered a dislocated his knee in a sickening injury against Wigan Athletic last February and has not played for the club since.
A lack of goals have been a real problem for Forest this season and the return of Assombalonga after over a year out of action will be like a new signing for the club.
Hopefully he can get back to action before the end of term, stay fit, and fire Forest up the table from next season.