Will Matty James' ambitions prevent Nottingham Forest reviving interest in Leicester City man?

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest missed out on Matty James to Barnsley in January but the Leicester City midfielder's future is still uncertain.

Leicester City's Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier LeagueLeicester City's Matty James missed their Premier League winning season

After Matty James ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Southampton in May 2015, the midfielder was forced to endure a gruelling 18-month wait before finally stepping back onto a football pitch.

After losing a year and a half of his career, it’s understandable that James hopes to make up for lost time.

And, as the 25-year-old told LCFC TV, first-team football is now a priority after spending so long on the treatment table, especially after a decent loan spell at Barnsley in the second half of last season.

Matty James of Barnsley (L) and Danny Ward of Rotherham United in action

“I needed to go out and play games. I probably didn’t expect to play as many games but, once I got back into the swing of things, it was like I had never been injured,” the former Manchester United youngster, who started 17 games for Paul Heckingbottom’s side, told LCFC TV.

However, the last time James was playing regularly in Leicester’s engine room, Nigel Pearson was still at the helm. And though former assistant coach and newly appointed mDO: anager Craig Shakespeare knows him well, it’s uncertain whether he will have a role to play next season.

This, coupled with James’ stand-out displays at Barnsley, could encourage Nottingham Forest to revive their interest – six months after they lost out to the Tykes, as reported by the Nottingham Post.

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham ForestNottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Second time lucky?

However, although Forest only finished above the bottom three on goal difference last season, there’s no guarantee that the combative midfielder would fulfil his desire to feature regularly in the starting XI at the City Ground.

Midfield duo Chris Cohen and David Vaughan may have a combined age of 64 but they were simply outstanding in the final weeks of the season under Mark Warburton. As such, the peerless pair both signed contract extensions and look likely to remain the first-choice partnership next season.

Nottingham Forests' Chris Cohen in action with Leeds United's Chris WoodNottingham Forest's Chris Cohen

There are plenty of areas that Forest need to strengthen but whether James could force his way into Forest’s midfield is far from certain.

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