Nottingham Forest were handed a fitness boost this afternoon as Joe Lolley lined-up for the under-23s against Hull City.
The Reds winger hasn’t really been at his best so far this season as he feels the effects of a long-standing shin problem.
Lolley was struggling towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign and was visibly struggling in some games as the season came to a close.
This season he started games against QPR and Cardiff but came off early in the contest against the Bluebirds after feeling the effects once again.
He was left out of the squad completely as Forest lost to Bristol City on Saturday, with his absence clearly felt by the Reds.
Playing against Hull this afternoon would perhaps suggest he is edging towards fitness, however, and that can only bode well.
There is no indication as to how long the 28-year-old played for during a 3-1 victory for the Reds.
Lolley wasn’t on the scoresheet with the goals coming from Yassine En-Neyah, Ateef Konate and Ethan Dekel-Daks.
Forest went top of the division and it’s a big season for the under-23 outfit who are trying to defend the crown they won last season.
But this afternoon it was Lolley’s inclusion that left Forest fans surprised but optimistic that he’s nearing full fitness.
Last season the ex-Huddersfield player scored 10 goals and registered nine assists, largely proving the team’s most important player.
Lolley scored several important goals and his wand of a left foot is a massive asset to Forest.
The Reds have missed his creative spark in the final third this season and his ability to create something out of nothing.
If he managed to get 45 minutes or an hour under his belt today that can only bode well and hopefully he can be fit to face Blackburn in just under a fortnight.