Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce expects Jack Hobbs to join in with first-team training today.The defender has been absent with an ankle injury since September’s East Midlands derby but Pearce says the medical staff are ready to allow the defender to resume full training.
And the manager also confirmed that Andy Reid is continuing to make good progress.
Speaking to Forest Player before training this morning, Pearce said: “Hobbsy should be joining in with first-team training, as long as we haven’t had a setback. I’m due to speak with the medical people regarding him.
“We think Reidy will be a week behind him. So this time next week he’ll join in with the first-team squad. We’ll push them on accordingly from there.”
Both Reid and Hobbs’ ability are well-known to Forest fans, but Pearce has had limited time to work with the pair on the grass due to their respective injuries.
Despite that, the manager knows exactly the calibre of player he will be welcoming back into the fold.
Pearce said: “Hobbs is a leader, without probably knowing he is. People look at his stature, his ability on the football pitch, his professionalism. He’s got a burning ambition to be the best.
“In the short time I worked with him at the start of the season he really caught my eye.
“Andy is more vocal than him – he’s not afraid to be. He’s comfortable at this football club.
“The club means a great deal to him and his eye for a pass to split the opposition open and his eye for a goal, which he’s had for a number of years, are big things for him and Nottingham Forest Football Club.”
Click here to watch Pearce’s interview on Forest Player, in which he looks ahead to the Boxing Day trip to Middlesbrough.