By Will Butcher

Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier has revealed that Britt Assombalonga has returned to training after recovering from injury.

Assombalonga, 23, was withdrawn in just the 15th minute of Forest’s 4-3 win against Wigan back in August with a hamstring problem, and has been sidelined since after picking up a subsequent calf injury.

However, Montanier was quoted by Nottingham Forest’s official Twitter account as saying that the former Watford goal machine had returned to training and could be set for an instant return.

Montanier also delivered good news on the availability of Daniel Pinillos, who was ruled out in his ongoing fight to overcome his troublesome battle with knee injuries.

But the return of Assombalonga, who prior to his injury scored three goals in three Championship games, will excite Forest fans as they look for inspiration to spark a faltering side.

Montanier did reveal though, that the return of their £5.5million attacking spearhead may have to wait until after Friday’s Championship clash with Birmingham City.

Assombalonga, who is eligible to represent both England and DR Congo, moved to Forest from Watford, two years ago and has hit the back of the net 19 times in 39 matches in total for Philippe Montanier’s side.

With the new signing of Danish international Nicklas Bendtner, it remains to be seen how under-fire manager Montanier can incorporate the duo along with former Everton target man Apostolos Vellios.

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