Henri Lansbury will need to be patient at Nottingham Forest
HENRI Lansbury may have to be patient and bide his time before being given the chance to pin down a regular starting berth at Nottingham Forest.
Injury problems have meant Lansbury has been limited to just one start and five substitute appearances since his £1million move from Arsenal over the summer.
A troublesome ankle injury when he first arrived at the club hampered his pre-season build-up, while a hamstring pull picked up on duty with England U21s in October further frustrated the former West Ham and Watford loanee.
But his hard work in training in recent weeks has helped Lansbury to get close to full match fitness and he made a positive impact when coming off the bench against Sheffield Wednesday in the 1-0 win on Saturday.
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But manager Sean O'Driscoll says that, with competition for places high at the club, Lansbury's opportunity may not come immediately.
"He's somebody that we've been wanting to get into the team, but the players have been creating competition for places and you've got to be fair to them," said O'Driscoll.
"The players who have got the shirts deserve to keep the shirts if they perform; you can't suddenly chop and change."
O'Driscoll, however, has been full of praise at the way the talented 22-year-old midfielder has applied himself as he looks to force his way into the starting XI.
"He's been terrific," added the Reds boss. "He's been training really well for a couple of weeks and he's been back into the squad and getting into games.
"He almost played half a game (against Sheffield Wednesday) due to the injury to Andy Reid and that was a good introduction for him.
"He's done himself no harm coming on, apart from missing the best chance of the game, although he did create it for himself.
"But his attitude has been first class for somebody who could well feature at Wolves today.
"He's been monitored and wearing GPS and heart-rate monitors.
"We have to make sure we get him up to speed and don't push him too early.
"He's a talented boy and at 22 he's going to be a good Forest player for many years to come."