Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock says he is building up his fitness levels in readiness for a return to action.The striker has been ruled out since December’s draw with Leeds, during which he chipped a bone in his knee as a result of what he described as an ‘innocuous challenge’.
But Blackstock is now back on the training ground aiming to force himself into the thoughts of new manager Dougie Freedman.
Speaking this afternoon to Forest Player, he said: “I was happy with how things were going. I got myself back into the team and it was just one of those things – an impact injury you could never do anything about.
“I’m back from injury and have been training the last few days. I had to rest it for four weeks and do almost no work, so I’m just building up my fitness levels which will come in the next week or two.”
Forest travel to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday for their first match under Freedman’s management.
And Blackstock believes it’s up to the players to produce a performance for their new boss.
He said: “The main thing is us. We believe in our squad and I know the new manager believes in our squad.
“If we can get ourselves right we’ll beat most teams on any day. We need to make sure we’re fully focused and that we do what the manager asks.
“It’s not a case of worrying about Brighton.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.