Michael Dawson has admitted that suffering from injury is the most frustrating thing as a footballer.
The Nottingham Forest centre-back has not played for the Reds this season due to a calf complaint, although he is back in training as he looks to give boss Chris Hughton another option moving forward.
Either way, Dawson is sure to be a welcome addition around the training ground on a day-to-day basis with his experience that he can pass on to other players.
And, speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, the ex-Spurs man revealed he can’t wait to get back involved as he explained how difficult life is as an injured player.
“For any player who’s injured, it’s always frustrating. Everyone’s the same. It’s the worst thing about football, being injured – just not being able to get on the grass and give the manager a headache; not being up for selection.
“I’m not the greatest of watchers – certainly when I’m injured! When I’m just not involved it’s a little bit different because you’re watching with different eyes. Being injured and knowing you can’t be part of it is hard.”
Three successive defeats have left Forest just one place above the relegation zone ahead of a busy period.
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You can understand what Dawson is saying here as every player will want to make an impact for the team, which you obviously can’t do when you’re injured.
He has suffered with a few issues in the past year or so, but the defender is a model professional who will always recover and prepare in the right way.
Now, Dawson is close to fitness and he will hope to make an impact on the squad as Forest look to get back to winning ways.
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