Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has provided BBC Radio Nottingham with a positive fitness update on Joe Lolley.

The Reds travel to Swansea City on Saturday as the head coach comes up against his former club for the first time.

Cooper left the Liberty Stadium in the summer, ending a two-year spell in charge of the club.

Naturally, he left the club in a better place having overseen two campaigns where his team reached the play-offs both times.

Now, he will return looking to put some breathing space between Forest and Swansea in the Championship table.

Cooper will have Joe Lolley back available for selection too.

The boss had told BBC Radio Nottingham that the versatile forward will be part of the travelling squad that head to Wales this weekend.

The 29-year-old has played plenty of football since Cooper arrived at Forest.

He did miss out on last weekend’s win over Peterborough though and it appears the problem was merely a minor one.

Lolley only has one assist to his name this season but his game is more about hard work and determination these days.

On his day he can be a real asset for Forest and this news will go down well among the fan base.

Will Cooper call upon Lolley to start for Forest this weekend?

A lot will depend on what system the boss chooses to go with at the Liberty Stadium.

If he adopts his trusted 3-4-3 then perhaps Lolley will have to settle for a place in the squad but among the substitutes.

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However, if Cooper decides that 4-2-3-1 is the way he wants to go, then Lolley will perhaps start.

Some fans have been critical of the trickster in recent times. This season, however, his overall performances have been better, even if he’s yet to score.

Cooper will hope Lolley can get back on the Forest goal trail this weekend.

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