According to the Nottingham Post, Lewis Grabban is ready to play his part in Nottingham Forest’s run-in.
The 16-goal striker has been missing since the middle of February with a troublesome Achilles problem.
Grabban has not played since a 0-0 draw at Preston North End but he is now on the mend.
He told the Nottingham Post: “I am back in training and have been for the last few days. It’s all about trying to get a bit of sharpness back now.
“Hopefully I can stay on the pitch until the end of the season now and do well again.”
Forest are three points off the top-six in the Championship and will need to go on a winning run if they are to gatecrash the play-offs.
It isn’t an impossible task by any means, although Forest’s chances will be bolstered by the return of their lethal talisman.
Grabban conceded that sitting on the sidelines had proved frustrating, saying: “You always want to play and when you are injured that obviously gets taken away from you.
“You have to try not to get too frustrated and just focus on getting back as quickly as possible.”
There is an indication that he won’t be completely over the problem when he returns, even if he is pain-free now.
He continued: “It is hopefully something we can sort in the summer. I have a problem in my knee, with my tendon, a few years ago. The summer sorted it out because it’s just the break you need.”
Seat Pitch Verdict
Forest’s play-off hopes do look remote based on the number of teams they have to overcome.
That said if they can get Grabban back on the pitch for all of the last eight games the prospects look considerably brighter.
Grabban is a goal machine and offers more to the overall team that Daryl Murphy or Karim Ansarifard.
Those two both have their strengths but none of them have proved capable of scoring regular goals.
The ex-Bournemouth man is vitally important to Forest and Martin O’Neill will be delighted to have him back.