Forest defender Jonathan Panzo started for Coventry for the first time since February on Saturday, helping the Sky Blues defeat Reading.

Mark Robins is doing great things in the West Midlands and his team are now in the top six of the Championship.

Panzo has found himself out of the team. He picked up an injury in February and that ruled him out for six matches.

Coventry Panzo
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Now, he will be keen to make up for lost time and help the Sky Blues win promotion to the Premier League.

On Saturday he started the game on the left-hand side of a back three and featured for 80 minutes.

It was a welcome return to action for Panzo. The Forest-owned player has been kicking his heels for too long and he will want to play.

Against Reading he came back into the side and the Coventry Telegraph praised him for his performance with a 7.5/10 rating.

They summarised his performance by saying: “Made an excellent return to the starting line-up, winning plenty of headers and personal battles, and bringing the ball out well to help his team get forward. Strong on the ball when facing his own goal.”

Panzo joined Coventry on loan in the summer. Forest allowed him to join the second-tier side following their promotion to the Premier League.

Panzo started for Coventry and enjoyed a quality display

It’s great to see that Panzo is back playing. Forest will have high hopes for the 22-year-old and they will want him to play regularly.

The central defender is someone that Steve Cooper knows well. He was an integral part of his England under-17 team that won the World Cup.

Panzo is a left-sided defender and joining Coventry might have proved the perfect move for him.

Coventry Panzo
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Robins has utilised him on the left of a three-man defence and that bodes well for his return to Forest.

Next season could be the one where supporters see Panzo make an impact at the City Ground.

First, however, he has a second successive promotion in his sights with Coventry who are now finely poised for the play-offs.

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