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Challenging Times

4 March 2014

Nottingham Forest deputy manager Ned Kelly has spoken to Forest Player about the difficulties the recent spate of injury has presented him and the rest of the coaching staff.

The Reds this morning began their preparations for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley with eight key players on the treatment table, and Kelly says a lack of numbers on the training ground is making life difficult.  

He said: “You don’t know who’s going to be available day to day. The manager is very good at organising team shape and set plays, but when you have a number of players missing it’s difficult to pass our ideas onto the group.  

“It’s been an unprecedented season so far. We’ve had a catalogue of very serious injuries and the training ground has been a desolate place at times.  

“We gave the players a day off yesterday but we’ll get the legs moving again and look ahead to how we can break Barnsley down.”  

The Reds may be heading to Oakwell on Saturday with another depleted squad but Kelly says what they are currently lacking in bodies is made up for in spirit.  

He said: “There is an excellent togetherness in this group and the mood in the camp is very good.  

“We’re in a super position in the league and the gaffer has overseen an excellent progression since the start of the season.”  

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Kelly provides an insight into the different characters within the squad, the rehabilitation of players like Kelvin Wilson and the club’s attitude towards sports science.

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