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Coming up with a formula

13 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman believes his coaching credentials will be tested by the injury to Britt Assombalonga.

Assombalonga will miss the next twelve months after suffering a knee injury in the midweek victory over Wigan Athletic, leaving his manager with a decision to make on how best to move forward without his top scorer.

Speaking this afternoon to Forest Player, Freedman said: “It’s testing my skills as a manager, to see exactly what formation I need to adopt to help the players.

“Britt gave us a threat in behind but everyone is different. I’ve got to come up with a formula to help the team first and foremost. We worked hard on that today in training.

“We’ve got two or three experienced strikers and hopefully one of them can step up to the plate.”

While it’s essential Freedman and his players move on quickly from the disappointment of Assombalonga’s injury, the sadness of the situation was not lost on the manager.

He said: “I’m very disappointed for the lad and his family – what a fantastic young man he is.

“It’s a bitter blow for him and obviously the team will suffer without him. I think the fans were getting to see the best of Britt the other night.

“I’ve got to show a brave face and come up with a formula that will continue the winning streak.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Freedman sets a date for Kelvin Wilson and Michael Mancienne’s return to training following their respective injuries.

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