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Kelvin’s welcome return

19 September 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says Kelvin Wilson’s return to fitness has provided ‘a big lift’.

The club were recently saddened by the confirmation that captain Chris Cohen had suffered another long-term knee injury, but more positive news came when Wilson stepped off the bench against Fulham to make his first appearance of the 2014-15 season.

Pearce told Forest Player: “We’ve had a big lift with people like Kelvin coming back into the fold. With Jack Hobbs having a slight niggle it gives us options.

“David Vaughan will be in the travelling squad for Millwall and Dexter Blacktock’s very close. He’s had his first 90 minutes (for the Under 21s) and I think he’ll be coming down to Tottenham on Wednesday.

“I think Greg Halford will be back in training at the start of next week so although we’ve lost a couple of players, more have come back for us.”

Wilson and Vaughan have both endured difficult times with injury since joining the club last season but Pearce insisted, now both players are fit, they have a chance to impress him and his staff on a day-to-day basis.

He said: “Certain managers don’t hold stock about what they see in training or Under 21s games – I do.

“I base my team selection at times on what I see in training. Who’s got their tail up? Who’s doing particularly well?

“If it’s an either-or situation between two players, the one I see working that bit harder in training will get the nod. I think the players are aware that’s the case with me.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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