Jack Hobbs hopes to play a significant part in Nottingham Forest’s pre-season preparations for the 2014-15 campaign.The defender, who succumbed to injury shortly after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal at The City Ground, last featured in The Reds’ 3-0 victory at Huddersfield Town in February.
But with much of his rehabilitation now out of the way, Hobbs is cautiously optimistic that a return to action is now on the horizon.
He told Forest Player: “I had a stress fracture in one of the weight-bearing bones in my right ankle. The surgeon put two screws in there to spread the load out a little and I’m just waiting for that to heal up. It seems to be going alright, it feels quite good, it’s just about being patient.
“I’m not quite running yet. I’ve been doing a lot of leg-strength stuff to try and build up my muscle and I’ve got a scan on Friday, which will hopefully clear away any negatives and let me crack on.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to join in with the majority of pre-season but I’m just taking each day as it comes.”
While the majority of the squad will now be absent until Stuart Pearce calls the players back in for pre-season training, Hobbs is one of a few players who are regularly reporting for duty at the Nigel Doughty Academy.
He said: “It can be a bit lonesome sometimes, but the likes of Chrissy Cohen, Eric Lichaj and Dexter Blackstock are in as well. We all push each other and it’s nice to have a bit of support.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Hobbs also talks about the prospect of working with Pearce.