Assombalonga has been out for over a year with a knee problem, which he picked up against Wigan Athletic back in February 2015.
It has been a gruelling recovery for the 23-year-old striker, but his comeback took a huge step closer this afternoon. And the striker showed that despite his time away from action he still hasn’t lost his goalscoring touch.
Assombalonga scored Forest’s second goal in a 3-2 defeat to Hull, and he also set up Liam Adams, who scored the Reds’ first.
Assombalonga’s return is a major boost for Forest, and Gardner was delighted to see his teammate back in action.
Forest have missed Assombalonga desperately this season, as they have struggled for goals.
The former Peterborough United striker blasted in 15 goals in his first 27 Championship appearances for the Reds last season, and the Reds have found it very difficult to replace his goals.