Giulian Biancone featured for Nottingham Forest for the first time since October 2022 last night in the 5-0 defeat against Rennes.

The Frenchman has been on the sidelines for nine months, after suffering an ACL injury playing for the U23s.

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The defender came on in the 77th minute for Joe Worrall, and although he only played 13 minutes, it is a huge step in the right direction as he looks to break into the starting XI ahead of the season opener at Arsenal next weekend.

23-year-old Biancone only joined the club last summer in a £5 million deal from Troyes. However, he only featured twice for the first team before injury ended his season prematurely.

Despite not featuring on the pitch, Biancone has become a fan favourite for his behind-the-scenes series giving supporters a closer look at his rehabilitation for his knee injury.

What does this season hold for Biancone?

After such an injury-hit campaign last time around for the Frenchman, the personal aim for him has to be to avoid more time on the sideline.

He signed a three-year deal at the City Ground last summer. With a year already gone off his deal, he needs to be pushing to gain a consistent first-team spot.

However, if he wants to play at right-back he may find game time difficult to come by.

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Serge Aurier and Neco Williams are already ahead of him in the pecking order with new signing Ola Aina looking very sharp in pre-season.

A loan move for Biancone may be beneficial for all parties this summer.

It would allow Forest to gain a space in their 25-man squad, whilst offering the defender consistent first-team minutes after nearly a year on the sidelines.

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