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Defensive duo back on the grass

20 February 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman welcomed Kelvin Wilson and Michael Mancienne back into training this week.

The pair are yet to make an appearance under the new manager due to injury but, while it remains to be seen whether either will be ready to start against Bolton this weekend, Freedman is confident both players will be able to adapt quickly to his style.   

The manager told Forest Player: “They’re very experienced and they’ll understand how the game should be played. It’s up to me as a coach to help them understand how the team has been playing. It will take time, but with the experience they’ve got I hope they’ll get up to speed very quickly.

“Let’s not try and hide the fact that we’ve lost Jack Hobbs and Britt Assombalonga in one week. It’s a huge blow. But Michael and Kelvin will be back in the squad.”   

It is estimated Hobbs will be absent for a month with an injury he suffered in last weekend’s 4-4 draw with Blackpool, a match in which winger Oliver Burke was handed his league debut by Freedman.   

The manager said: “I like the innocence of him, the youthfulness of him and the energy he comes with.   

“He needs to learn the game a lot, I’m not going to say he’s got everything. He needs to know when to lay it off, when to take a man on, but he’s got attributes that we can certainly work on.”   

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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