Martin O’Neill has received an injury boost ahead of Nottingham Forest’s meeting with Rotherham United, with Tobias Figueiredo having returned from injury and featured for the u23s. The 25-year-old had been out of action since mid-December with a leg injury that resulted in a serious blood clot. Figueiredo’s last appearance was against Queens Park Rangers on December 22.
He’s on the recovery trail, however, playing 60 minutes for the reserve side in a 2-1 win over Burnley on Friday, and he could have a part to play in the first-team before the season comes to an end. Figueiredo was a popular and important player for Forest before his injury, forming a formidable partnership alongside Michael Dawson in the first-half of the season, but he now finds himself behind the likes of Yohan Benalouane, Molla Wague and Alexander Milosevic in the pecking order.
The Portuguese defender, who joined Forest from Sporting CP last summer, has made 26 appearances in all competitions in his debut season. In the Championship, Figueiredo suffered only one defeat in 13 games and boasted six clean sheets for his troubles too. He’s likely to be a spectator when Forest lock horns with Rotherham on Saturday afternoon, but the centre-back is working hard to return in the coming weeks.