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19 October 2016

Britt Assombalonga says he was delighted to get back to action during Tuesday night’s game at Blackburn Rovers but was disappointed as Forest left Ewood Park with nothing.

The 23-year-old returned from a two-month lay-off in midweek after recovering from a calf injury and although he was pleased from a personal point of view, he admits the team were aggrieved not to have taken something away from Lancashire.

Speaking after the game he said: “It was just one of those nights for us. Credit to Blackburn because they came out of the traps pretty quickly at the start, made life difficult for us and kept attacking our goal. 

“I think it was all about who scored the first goal. If we’d have got it then I think it would have been a completely different game. We were just unfortunate that the couple of times they came forward they scored but at the other end we couldn’t take our opportunities.

“It was good to come on, be part of the team and get a run out again. I’m getting close to full-fitness, I’ve still got a bit to go but I’m definitely progressing. I just need to make sure that I take it steady and work my way back to where I want to be.”

Assombalonga hadn’t featured since picking up his injury in the 4-3 win over Wigan Athletic back in August and the striker says it was another frustrating setback in his career.

He said: “The injury dragged on much longer than I wanted it to, my calf just kept irritating me every time I ran. It was really hard for me because I wanted to come back and play but hopefully now I’m in a good place and can work my way back into the team.

“I probably played too much when I came back the first time because I went from nothing to 150 miles per hour matches. But that’s a lesson learnt for next time and I know that I need to build my fitness up steadily before I start playing 90 minutes.

“It was my knee that I injured a year or so ago but that is much stronger now and I’m feeling much better running on it. Now I have to manage the rest of my body in a different way because I don’t want to be out for that length of time again. 

“We’ll see how the next few games go but I’d like to be back in the side as much as possible. That’s up to the manager of course but I need to make sure that I’m 110% ready before I’m starting games again.”

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