Alfa Semedo is back in training at Nottingham Forest, with the ‘Guinean Pogba’ seemingly ready to rejoin the fold.

His return to fitness could prove timely.

Sabri Lamouchi is going to need as many bodies at his disposal as possible over the coming weeks.

With the games set to come thick and fast, rotation and rests must be considered.

In the middle of the park, Semedo can offer important energy.

A bright start to his loan spell at the City Ground suggested that he could have plenty to offer.

Similarities drawn by others to Manchester United star Pogba were clear for all to see.

There has, however, been one notable likeness between the 22-year-old and a World Cup winner over recent weeks.

The fact that neither has been seen for some considerable time.

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Semedo’s last outing for Forest came against Barnsley on September 21.

He has sat out eight games in all competitions since then.

The original, French Pogba has not figured for United since September 30.

That is nine games and counting that he has been stuck on the sidelines.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has found himself in the same boat as Lamouchi.

A driving force in the engine room has been denied two teams of a red persuasion.

Forest’s variation on the Pogba mould would appear to be winning the race for more competitive minutes.

He has been put through his paces ahead of a trip to Bristol City on Saturday.

Given his lack of action between two international breaks, it is fair to assume that there will be a bit of rust to shake.

And Lamouchi is not crying out for midfield reinforcements.

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Given that the triumvirate of Ben Watson, Ryan Yates and Tiago Silva have helped to deliver back-to-back wins, is there any need for change?

If it were Samba Sow knocking on the door again, then things may be different.

The Malian powerhouse has earned a standing as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Semedo is not there yet.

He has plenty to offer, but will likely be eased into Championship action as the hectic festive period approaches.

His back needs to be able to help shoulder the growing weight of expectation on Trentside.

Another enforced absence is definitely not what the doctor ordered.

Forest want him to be driving at opponents and crunching into tackles, potentially when legs start to tire in the second half.

He needs to once again become a version of Pogba from the past, not the present.

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