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Trio step-up recovery

5 August 2014

Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley says Chris Cohen, Jack Hobbs and Eric Lichaj came out of this afternoon’s friendly against Burton Albion unscathed.

Forest, who fielded a mixture of first-team, Under 21s players and trialists, drew 0-0 with The Brewers at St George’s Park. 

Cohen and Hobbs both played the first hour, while Lichaj was substituted at half-time. And Wigley was pleased to reveal none of the trio, who are still recovering from injuries sustained last season, encountered any problems. 

Speaking to Forest Player after the match, he said: “They’ve all come out of it really well, there were no problems afterwards. 

“We also topped Dorus de Vries, Danny Collins and Greg Halford up with minutes so everybody is in a similar position. 

“It would have been nice to win the game but the priority was always to get as many minutes into the boys as possible.” 

Jorge Grant went closest for The Reds, skimming the ball off the top of the crossbar with an overhead kick, while second-half substitute Jack Blake forced the Albion keeper into an excellent save after producing a well-struck effort from 25 yards. 

Neither side were able to find a breakthrough however and all attentions now turn to the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season. 

Click here to watch the full interview with Wigley on Forest Player, in which he discusses possible timescales for returning players and the mood in the camp ahead of Saturday’s curtain-raiser against Blackpool.

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