Michael Hefele posted a positive fitness update on Instagram and is making progress in his recovery from his achilles injury. The Nottingham Forest defender has been out of action since January and underwent surgery which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Hefele joined Forest from Huddersfield Town in August 2018 and made 18 appearances in all competitions before picking up his injury. The 28-year-old recent update is good news, but he may struggle to get back into the team under Martin O’Neill.
He didn’t set the place alight in the first-half of his debut season and will have stiff competition for places in 2019/20. Hefele will be battling Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Dawson, Joe Worrall, Alexander Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane and Jack Robinson for a spot at centre-back.
Forest will begin pre-season training in July, but the defender’s five-month injury layout will see him low down the pecking order next season. Hefele has continued to update fans on his progress and appears to be nearing a recovery. The difficult task he has to get back in favour under O’Neill may give him pause for thought on where his future lies.