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Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs suggests injury has not been preventing him from playing

Jack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

The defender played his first game since January today.

Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs has confirmed his back injury has not been the only factor ruling him out of action this season – suggesting he has simply not been selected by the club’s manager Philippe Montanier.

The centre-back returned to the Forest first-team today as they took on Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

Jack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestJack Hobbs celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

He started the game in what was the 28-year-old’s first appearance since the 1-0 defeat to Watford on the 30thh January.

It was assumed he was simply still recovering from is back problem but he suggested to BBC Nottingham Sport that he was simply not in the managers plans for most of the campaign so far:

Unfortunately, his return to the starting XI could not earn Forest all three points.

A delicious chip from Hildeberto Pereira in the first-half had given Forest the lead but own goals from Vladimir Stojkovic and Michael Mancienne – who was later sent off – prived the undoing for Montanier’s men at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Forest have now not won in three and are slipping back toward the relegation zone after a recent burst of form has been extinguished by player injuries.

Next up is an away fixture with runaway leaders Newcastle United, where Forest will have to pull out another shock.

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