Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has confirmed he will not be going to the African Cup of Nations so he can focus on playing games for The Reds.
The striker has turned down the opportunity to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo at the tournament in the New Year as he focuses on getting more game time as he continues to recover from injury.
He said: “I’m going to sit out of the African Cup of Nations as I want to focus on playing games first before I go and do any international duty. I have spoken to the manager of DR Congo and the manger here, as well as my agent and my family and we have all come to the decision that it is the right thing to do.
“I am honoured to be called up and I had a good time when I went there on the last international break but going forward I need to make sure I am right and make sure I am playing games before I even think about internationals.
“It was an honour to be picked and it made my family smile, but I have got to make sure I am right. I can’t not play here and then expect to be ready to play there. I have to make sure I can play a lot of games first.
“With the injuries that I have had I think it is a good time to say no and focus on playing games and getting back to full fitness and where I want to be.
“I would love to play for them in the future, but for the time being I need to stick around and make sure I am playing games. I’ll assess it in the future but right now I have got to focus on the now and that is what I want to do.”