By Will Butcher
Nottingham Forest could be set to welcome back Nicklas Bendtner against Barnsley on Friday after he returned to training.
The Denmark international was stretchered off the pitch during Forest’s 3-1 win over Birmingham in October, after landing awkwardly on his ankle.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s televised clash against Barnsley, Montanier was quoted by Forest’s official Twitter account as revealing that Bendtner had been training after recovering from his injury.
Montanier also revealed that veteran midfielder David Vaughan had returned to training, while Britt Assombalonga, Daniel Pinillos and Eric Lichaj were all doubts.
The return of Bendtner could see him replace Britt Assombalonga up front for Forest, as Montanier’s side look to build on their 2-0 away win against Ipswich.
The former Real Sociedad boss continues to be under pressure at the City Ground, after winning just two matches in their last 13 league and cup fixtures.
Bendtner, 28, signed for the Championship outfit in September after failing to find a new club throughout the summer. He had been released by German giants Wolfsburg back in April.
A product of Arsenal’s youth system, Bendtner has made seven appearances for Forest this season, finding the back of the net once during his side’s 1-1 draw against Fulham.
Football Insider verdict:
Forest fans will be delighted to see Bendtner return from injury, after the ankle problem that saw him leave the City Ground on a stretcher had led to many fearing the worst. With doubts over Assombalonga’s fitness and former Everton striker Apostolos Vellios struggling to find any sort of consistency since his summer move from Greek side Salonika, the return of Bendtner will come as a relief. Fans will be hoping the 73-time international can rediscover the form that once made him a regular at elite clubs Arsenal, Juventus and Wolfsburg, as Forest look to distance themselves from the Championship drop zone.
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