Andy Reid says Nottingham Forest’s supporters have a part to play in helping Britt Assombalonga get back to his best.
The coach has confirmed Assombalonga will be in the squad for tomorrow’s home match against Blackburn (kick-off 7.45pm) – his first inclusion since suffering a knee injury in February 2015.
And while Reid is delighted to have him back, he says fans must be patient and supportive as the striker looks to find his feet back at first-team level.
Reid told Forest Player HD: “He’ll be in the squad. Whether he plays, or how long he plays, I suppose will be determined by how the game goes and what the manager’s feeling at the time.
“We have to be patient with him – this is the start of his first-team return and there’s still a lot of hard work for him to do before he gets back to the Britt Assombalonga he was before he got injured.
“He knows that, we know that and I think it’s important the fans understand that as well. He’s a very popular character so I’m sure the fans will get behind him and give him all the help he needs.”
For the team, Reid believes tomorrow’s match presents a chance to build on positive recent performances.
He said: “It’s a great opportunity. Blackburn are in a little bit of a slump at the minute – they’ve been up and down and they had a poor result on Saturday. We’ll be looking to capitalise on that.
“We feel if we can perform the way we did on Saturday and Monday, and add goals to those performances, we can with the game.”