Nottingham Forest centre-back Michael Dawson has revealed he will be fit and ready for pre-season despite not playing in 2019 because of a hamstring injury.
The experienced former Spurs man featured in just ten league games last season after rejoining the Reds from Hull.
However, he will be hoping to make a bigger impact next season under Martin O’Neill and Dawson told the official site that he won’t have any fitness issues when the squad report back.
“I trained for the last two or three weeks which was great for the confidence and knowing that my hamstring was right. I had been out for so long so to get match fit in games was tough.
“I have been in a couple of times during the summer to check everything is fine but I knew that it was. It was never going to be a problem and I am prepared for that first day of pre-season.”
The ex-England international will have a battle to win a place in the XI though, with O’Neill having several options in central defence, although things could change over what is sure to be a very busy few months at the City Ground.
This is good news for Forest and particularly for Dawson who will be desperate to get back out on the pitch after such a lengthy lay-off.
He is clearly convinced that he is over his injury problems and if he can get back in form then he should be a real asset to the Reds even at 35-years-old.
As well as that, Dawson will be an important figure to have in the dressing room given his experience.
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