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Carayol turning a corner

15 November 2016

Nottingham Forest midfielder Mustapha Carayol is itching to get back on the pitch to help turn things around for the fans.

The winger has been missing through injury since pulling his hamstring in the defeat at Blackburn last month and he is nearing a comeback to the first-team squad.

He said: “I pulled my hamstring; it was not a major one but with the international break it has given me more time to get it right. I am feeling good and hopefully I will be back soon.

“I am taking every day as it comes and working hard to get to full fitness. I am not too far away and I am trying to take my time to ensure I am 100 per cent right before I come back as I would not want another setback. There are a lot of important games coming up so I am hoping to play a part in it.

“It is always frustrating to be injured. When I first joined the club I didn’t have a pre-season so I had to work really hard to try and get fit. It was up to a point when I was feeling really good and sharp but it is part of football and you just have to get on with it and work hard again to build yourself up. It is one of those things that you learn to deal with as a professional footballer.”

Forest face a tough run of fixtures over the next month, with away trips to Ipswich, Barnsley and Derby and a home tie against table-topping Newcastle United, and Carayol feels that with a little bit more luck things could soon turn around and Forest will soon dish out a high-scoring performance.

He said: “There is no panic at all in the team. Everybody knows that in a lot of the games we have been unlucky. QPR was very unlucky as I felt after the red card it kind of killed us but that is part of football and we are not having the rub of the green at the moment.

“I think we are not far from giving someone a hiding and our season taking a turn for the best. We have got to concentrate on Ipswich, it is always a tough game down there, and hopefully we can get a positive result and look forward to next week.

“At the moment every fixture is tough, so it is not any different to the past six, eight or ten games we have played. We are used to playing against a lot of the players and the teams in this league so we just have to go out there, concentrate on ourselves, be as positive as we can and believe that we are going to win.

“The opposition does not matter to me, we just go and play, concentrate on ourselves and give it our all. Hopefully we can turn it around as the fans are frustrated with results and we plea with them to stick with us and we will hopefully turn it around.”

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