Cotterill hails Blackstock

Forest boss pleased with striker's determination to return

Dexter Blackstock: Forest striker is nearing his comeback after nearly a year out

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill has revealed he is delighted with Dexter Blackstock's efforts to return from his long-term injury.

The striker has been sidelined for almost a year with a knee injury after damaging his cruciate ligament against Cardiff in November last year.

And as Blackstock's comeback gets ever closer, the Red's boss has applauded the work-ethic and professionalism shown by the 25-year-old over the last year.

"I have been absolutely delighted with what I have seen with Dexter since I came in," Cotterill said.

First-class

"I have had the pleasure of seeing how hard he works and the insight into how hard he has worked (over the past year).

"I was only talking to him in the gym this week and asked him how better a professional he thinks his has made him. He is a really sensible boy. He has almost doubled his professionalism and been first-class and we will get him back.

"However, I do not want to put any timescale on it because I do not want to put him under any more pressure than he is probably putting himself under to get back.

"He will be an added bonus for us when he gets back but we should not expect too much from him."