Nottingham Forest’s young defender Jamaal Lascelles says he’s glad to be back on the training pitch after a frustrating pre-season.
He featured in yesterday’s open training session
at The City Ground and it was the first time he had joined in with the rest of the squad all summer.
And Lascelles was pleased to be able blow away the cobwebs. He said: “I’m glad to be back on the field. It was my first training session back today and training was sharp.
“There were a few cobwebs and I was blowing a bit, but hopefully I can get all the rustiness out in the next week.”
It’s been a long summer for the 20-year-old, who has spent all of it in the treatment room, working with the club’s physios as he overcame tendonitis in his knee.
“I haven’t done any training, I’ve just been in with the physios doing grass work and been in the gym doing leg work, but from what I know about the training sessions it’s been really sharp,” added the England Under 21 international.
But now that he’s back on the training pitch, he’s confident of a quick return to action.
“Hopefully I’ll be fit for the start of the season. I’m going to try and get a few friendlies in and see how they go.
“I’ve still got a lot of fitness to catch up with. Match fitness is completely different to just doing runs.”