David Vaughan stepped up his comeback from injury by playing 45 minutes in Nottingham Forest's Under 21s' friendly with Notts County yesterday.Vaughan started in the middle of the park and the watching first-team manager Gary Brazil will have been pleased with what he saw from his cultured midfielder, who kept the ball neatly and burst forward when the chance arose.
The on-loan midfielder, who has been out injured since February, was an unused substitute in The Reds’ defeat at QPR and will now be targeting a return for the visit of Birmingham on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Speaking with Forest Player this morning, he said: “It was all fine, I just need to get some game time under my belt, work on my fitness. It was nice to be back on the pitch and playing football.
“It’s the longest injury I’ve had. I’ve probably had the two worst injuries of my career since I’ve been here, so it’s been a very frustrating time for me.
Notts won the game 3-0, taking a 1-0 lead into half-time and extending it twice after the break.
They edged ahead when a cross from the right was unfortunately turned home by young Forest centre half Joe Worrall.
Vaughan was substituted at the break and soon after a piece of individual brilliance from striker Tyrell Waite increased the away side’s lead. He picked the ball up on the left, ran at the Forest defence and finished coolly.
Notts added a third when a triallist brought the ball in from the right hand side and had plenty of time to pick his spot.
To watch the full interview with Vaughan on Forest Player, click here.