Carl Jenkinson said that everyone is keen to impress as Nottingham Forest head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the Emirates FA Cup third round.
Jenkinson is in line to return to action for the first time since August and said that the squad is excited about the prospect of taking on the Premier League side.
He said: “Chelsea are Chelsea, they are going to be very good. I can’t imagine they will play their strongest team but whoever is playing, it will be a difficult game. They have top level players and we are aware of that.
“As a professional, you want to play in these kind of games against the best opposition. That is where you see where you are at as a team and as players individually, so everyone is looking forward to it.
“It is a huge challenge for us but we are excited for it. Everyone who is likely to play, someone like myself, are perhaps coming back from injury or someone who has been on the bench with a point to prove, or maybe some of the younger players who want to show the manager what they are all about.
“Everyone will be hungry to impress, hungry to show what they can do and that can only be a good thing.”
Jenkinson’s last outing for Forest came against Preston and in his absence, Matty Cash has cemented his spot at right back, the kind of competition for places that Jenkinson relishes.
“It’s good to be back involved,” he said. “I had a bad injury which took a while to heal up. That was frustrating obviously having just joined the club, but that is football. It is part and parcel of the job and I have worked very hard to get back to a decent level of fitness and to be ready to help the team.
“Cashy has done very well, I am very happy for him as it is all about Nottingham Forest doing well. We are all pushing towards the same goals in the squad, so the more people who are in a position to be playing well, in my case at right back, and playing at a good level which Cashy has been doing, the better it is.”