Gary Gardner and Nottingham Forest appear to confirm star's return on Twitter

The Forest midfielder, who knows all about injury troubles, is clearly delighted to see Britt Assombalonga back after his nightmare.

It has been reported this week that Nottingham Forest are set to receive a boost with the news that striker Britt Assombalonga should be fit to make his long-awaited return to action against Blackburn Rovers.

The 23-year-old has not played a single minute of competitive football in 14 months after picking up a serious knee injury in February 2015, a problem which was at point thought to be potentially career-threatening.

However, the striker looks certain to play some part for Paul Williams' side as they look to arrest their alarming slide by securing a first win in eight matches at the City Ground tonight.

Aston Villa loanee Gardner appeared to confirm Assombalonga's return with a congratulatory pre-match tweet around two hours prior to kick-off.

Meanwhile, the club themselves shared a photo of the player arriving at the City Ground ahead of kick-off as it appears certain that he will be involved in some capacity.

Assombalonga's return will be a big boost for Forest as they begin to shift their focus to next season, particularly if the forward can recapture the form he was enjoying before his injury.

The 23-year-old had scored 15 goals in 29 Championship appearances in his debut season since signing from Peterborough United before his campaign was cut short in brutal fashion.

Forest can leapfrog Rovers with victory tonight as they look for what would only be their second win in 13 league matches since 6 February.

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