ANDY Reid admits that he's still "weeks" away from making a return to action with a Nottingham Forest side who have struggled in his absence, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.
When Reid last played for the club back in September, Forest were on top of the Championship table and were well-placed for automatic promotion.
But since he has been out with a groin injury, the season has been a slog for Forest, who are now down to 11th place in the table and Stuart Pearce's side also suffered a humiliating defeat to League One side Rochdale in the FA Cup on Saturday. Injury has also prevented Reid from adding to his Ireland caps in recent months and the 32-year-old has revealed his annoyance.
"It has been really frustrating watching from the stands for the past couple of months and I've been desperate to be out there helping the team. But my groin injury is a slow one to recover from. It's something that I can't rush and I knew that from the start," Reid said in his column for the Nottingham Evening Post.
"There's no quick fix so we've had to make sure that I recover properly and do things right. That is still the case, although I am getting there now. I'm back running, I've done some twisting and turning and I'm kicking a ball again, which is great. So hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to join in some training with the lads again.
"It will obviously take a bit of time to get my fitness and sharpness back to where it needs to be. But hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back out there and doing my best to help the team for the remainder of the season," added the Dubliner.
Meanwhile, Irish winger Donal McDermott has returned to England and hooked up with Salford City after a spell in the League of Ireland.
The Dubliner was part of the Dundalk side which won the league title last season but he has opted to try his luck across the water again and has signed for Salford, who now have owners Phil Neville and Paul Scholes in charge of the side.