Forest set Christmas target for return of midfielder Andy Reid
NOTTINGHAM Forest do not expect to see Ireland man Andy Reid back inaction until Christmas.
The Dubliner has been sidelined for over 12 months due to a serious groin injury, and while Reid has undergone surgery on the problem, boss Dougie Freedman knows that Reid's return is not imminent.
"Reidy got the all clear from the specialist, in the sense that there was no damage around the groin," Freedman said.
"He has been given the all clear to train, but that won't happen now for another week or so.
"He has got to start building up his strength again.
"There is nothing torn or been damaged. But he needs to go back to basics with the physio staff, building up his strength. He needs to push hard, then have some time off to recover. Then he needs to push again.
"His situation is a more difficult one to call. It could be November or Christmas. We have to see how he gets on."
Forest were on top of the Championship table last season when Reid suffered his injury and the veteran was badly missed as Forest slid down the table and out of contention.
Reid's international career has been on hold due to injury as his last cap came against Latvia almost two years ago.