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Jack glad to be back

5 February 2021

Nottingham Forest midfielder Jack Colback says he is delighted to have recovered from an ankle injury which kept him out of the side for over two months.

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Colback came off the bench in Tuesday night's 2-1 win at Coventry City and the 31-year-old admits he is pleased to be back in the fold and be able to help the team on the pitch as opposed to watching on from the stands.

He said: "It was frustrating for me to pick up the injury when I did because I felt like I was getting a regular run in the team and getting into some good form. It is what it is though and sometimes it happens in football so all you can do is get your head down, work hard to try and recover and get back into the side as quickly as you can.

"I have to say that I feel like a bit of a manager when I'm watching from the sidelines. When you're watching from the stands you see things that you don't see when you're on the pitch. I can understand why fans get frustrated because you're sitting there thinking 'why is he not doing this or why is he not moving there' so it's nice to get back out there and be able to help.

"I thought James Garner's debut on Tuesday night was fantastic. He was moving the ball around really well and spraying some good passes around the pitch so it was a strong performance but when you consider he has joined from Manchester United, you know he'll have that quality. I'm not someone who envies other people being in the side so if James is playing well and the team is winning them I'm very happy."

Forest travel to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday aiming for a second away win in five days and Colback says although the squad are mindful of their current league position, they are beginning to look up the table and are targeting a spot in the top half as they move into the second half of the season.

He said: "We know we're in an area of the table where we shouldn't be but after this amount of games the table doesn't lie and we have to take responsibility as players for that and start picking up more points. It seems like we've made a little gap but the league is tough and if you have two or three bad results you can be back amongst it but if we get a couple more wins we could be mid-table.

"We need to realise the situation we're in and we cannot take any game for granted because we're in a position that is unusual for us in terms of the expectations at the start of the season. We have to make sure we come out and give maximum effort in every game because there is a lot of quality in this squad and if we take our foot off the gas then we'll keep getting dragged into areas where we don't want to be.

"I remember when Wycombe came here earlier in the season and they made life really difficult for us. People give them a reputation of just being a direct side but they've got some quality players in their squad who can do real damage if you let them. It's important we don't take this game for granted and we go there to pick up three more important points and make that gap between ourselves and the bottom three a bit bigger."

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