Nottingham Forest posted a picture on Twitter showing Michael Dawson back in training ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Sheffield United. The 35-year-old has been out of action since December with a hamstring injury but could now return before the season comes to a close.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) April 17, 2019
Martin O’Neill has already stated that Dawson won’t be rushed back as he doesn’t want to risk a setback in his recovery, but there could be a slim chance that supporters will see the centre-back in a Forest shirt again.
The Reds have four games remaining – Sheffield United (April 19), Middlesbrough (April 22), Queens Park Rangers (April 27), Bolton Wanderers (May 5) – so Dawson has only a matter of weeks left to add to his 10 Championship appearances.
The England international has made 13 appearances in all competitions since returning to the City Ground last summer. In the Championship, Dawson has made 56 clearances, won 30 aerial duels (60%) and has averaged 36 passes-per-game with 76% accuracy.
His last outing was against Ipswich Town on December 1 where he led Forest to a 2-0 win. Dawson hasn’t been on the losing team this season – five wins, five draws – and kept six clean sheets for his troubles. He’s certainly been missed, so a potential return is fantastic news.