Nottingham Forest’s Andy Reid says he’s been doing his best to help his team-mates during his absence, but admits nothing compares to playing.
The Irishman has been missing with a groin problem since September’s East Midlands derby.
But Reid, who says his fitness is ‘getting there’, has been keeping occupied as best he can during his rehabilitation process.
He told Forest Player: “It’s been really frustrating. I just want to get out there, help the lads and try to contribute in whatever way I can. I’ve still had responsibilities and things I’ve been trying to do around the place to help the lads. It wasn’t like I totally detached myself.
“It still dragged out but I can feel myself getting closer now, so that’s a positive thing. It’s great to be back out with the lads, even if it’s not taking part in full training.”
Reid was unable to pinpoint an exact date for his return to action but is adamant that, when he does become available for selection once again, he’ll be rejoining a squad very much in the hunt for a place in the Premier League.
He said: “Promotion can still be achieved and it is definitely still the aim. We’re not that far away from the playoffs and there is absolutely no reason why we can’t get into them.
“With the talent we’ve got, and with a little bit of luck, we can go on a really good run.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Reid talks in detail about his injury, heaps praise on the club’s medical and sports science department, discusses club captain Chris Cohen’s attitude and outlines what he believe it takes for a footballer to succeed at the club he holds closest to his heart.