Luton Town midfielder Henri Lansbury has told Luton Today that he’s excited to be heading back to Nottingham Forest tonight.
The 31-year-old signed for the Hatters during the summer after a six-month spell at Bristol City.
He spent five years at Forest before leaving for Aston Villa in 2017 for around £3 million.
Lansbury thinks that departure might see him booed this evening, although he still holds his former club in high regard.
The central midfielder has been forced to work hard for a place in the Luton team this season.
He has featured 13 times, although just six of those have come in the way of starting berths.
Lansbury was a big player for Forest during his time on Trentside. He made 150 appearances for the Reds, scoring 33 goals and claiming 20 assists.
His departure was perhaps acrimonious and for that, he does expect some stick this evening.
Lansbury told Luton Today: “I’ll probably get booed, but I’d take that if we go and get three points.
“I loved it there, it was a great club.
“I was with Chrissy Cohen (Luton first-team coach), and it was a great club, great fans, great people, all around the city.
“It’s a nice place to go back to, it holds a nice place in my heart there.”
Lansbury departure was unsavoury but he was decent for Forest
On his day, the former Reds performer is still an exceptional Championship player.
With that in mind, Forest will have to be on their guard this evening and ensure his return to the City Ground isn’t a happy one.
In the end, Lansbury did force his move to Villa through. Given the contract on offer though, who can blame him.
Forest were a bit of a basket case of a club at the time and he headed off to a fantastic football club.
Lansbury was largely good for Forest though and all this talk of him only turning up when SKY cameras were in town is nonsense.
Because of the way he left, the midfielder can expect a boo. Ultimately, Lansbury was a very good player for Forest though.