Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton has stated young talent Brennan Johnson is in his thoughts, but that his current experience is ‘invaluable’.

Johnson is enjoying a fine spell with League One Lincoln City, and is crucially getting regular minutes under Michael Appleton.

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Recently there has been some clamour for the 19-year-old to have his loan spell cut short and be brought back to the City Ground to potentially have an impact within the first-team.

Hughton has admitted he has been thinking about the starlet.

He said (quoted by Lincolshire Live): “He’s another one who is in our thoughts.

“Any thoughts, any consideration of bringing him back, it would have to be about him being very, very involved and playing games.

“What he’s getting at the moment is invaluable for him, and invaluable for us as a club.

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“We’ve monitored all of his games and we’ve had very good feedback from Lincoln.

“He’s still a young player, he’s having a really good loan period, and the balance will always be, he’s there playing games at that level.”

Johnson return seems unlikely

Hughton may be casting a close eye on Johnson’s progress, but his remark about the game time he is currently getting would suggest Forest aren’t about to spring into action.

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It is indeed invaluable that Johnson is getting regular football at the age of 19.

He may well be in a position to make a difference in Hughton’s first-team back at the City Ground, but based off these comments fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.

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