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Wilson ready for return

8 September 2014

Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson says he is ready to come back into the first-team fold, but he doesn’t expect to win his place straight away.

The centre back, who has had a torrid time with injuries since rejoining the club from Celtic last summer, has been unavailable to Stuart Pearce since the new manager took over in July. 

But, having come through another Under 21s match unscathed this afternoon, Wilson now has his sights set on a first-team berth. 

Speaking after playing 90 minutes in this afternoon’s 4-3 victory over Millwall at The City Ground, Wilson said: “I feel confident now that I can be involved in a first-team game, but it’s down to the gaffer. I totally understand that we’re flying at the minute. 

“I don’t expect to just come in and play but if the gaffer asks me to it will be a pleasure. If called upon I’m sure I can help the team in some way.” 

Dexter Blackstock was also involved against The Lions, playing around an hour, and Wilson was impressed with what he saw from his teammate. 

He said: “Dex was brilliant today. I think it’ll take him a few more games before he can be back involved with the first team, but he didn’t look like he’d been out to me. 

“He has scored goals everywhere he’s been and he’s worked with Steve Wigley at youth team level at Southampton. 

“I’m sure he will get a lot of confidence from the fact Wigs has faith in him. It knocks you on another 10%.” 

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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