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A long-awaited return

24 November 2015

Nottingham Forest midfielder Robert Tesche is delighted to be back on the grass after a longer than expected lay-off.

The German has been unavailable to Dougie Freedman since breaking a bone in his foot in August’s opening-day match at Brighton. But today Tesche was back on the training field with the first team – a moment to savour for the former Hamburg man. 

He told Forest Player HD: “It was very good – a tough session. I’m just happy to be back with the lads, training on the grass with the ball at my feet. Now I feel fully recovered – I have no pain any more. 

“I thought I would need 8-12 weeks. 15 weeks is much longer than I expected. But I’ve never had an injury like this before. 

“It’s always bad to get an injury but to get one in the first game is horrible. Through gym sessions and sessions on the grass with Steve Devine, I got a little bit of fitness back. But I need training sessions with the lads to really get back to full fitness.” 

Tesche was this morning caught up in a guard of honour for Chris Cohen, who also returned to full training for the first time since last September. And Tesche is thrilled to see him back in action. 

He said: “It was a long injury for Chrissy, and not the first one. I think everybody in the team is happy he’s back on the grass. 

“We need players like him because of his character and personality. He helps the team a lot.”

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