Nottingham Forest forward Hillal Soudani isn’t expected to play again before the end of the season. 

The 31-year-old has been regularly updating supporters on his recovery via social media.

His most recent tweet includes a short video clip of him playing keepie-uppies with a rugby ball. Even though he’s still set to be on the sidelines for a while longer yet, he’s clearly in good spirits.

Having signed from Dinamo Zagreb last summer, Soudani has been left frustrated by a knee injury this season. He was ruled out for two months early on, before managing just three further appearances in October before the problem returned.

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Positive start

There’s no doubt that Soudani’s arrival generated a lot of excitement at the City Ground.

Even though he has only made eight appearances for the Reds, he did enough to show supporters what he is about. He offers something different to the options the Reds currently have in the final third.

 

He managed to find the back of the net twice in five games during the first month of the season. Those efforts came against Reading and Birmingham City. Who knows how many goals he would’ve racked up had he been able to stay fit.

There’s no doubt that the fact he was an unknown quantity certainly helped. The majority of Championship defenders will have known very little about him, or more importantly, how to play against him.

Soudani’s energy and tenacious style of play would’ve certainly been useful to Martin O’Neill. He has the sort of characteristics that the Northern Irishman values.

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Character

Not only has Soudani been able to make an impact on the pitch, but he’s also made one off it. This is something he’s been able to continue to do throughout his recovery.

Algerian teammate Adlène Guedioura has recently spoken about how disappointed he has been that Soudani hasn’t been able to make the impact he would’ve wanted to.

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He told the Nottingham Post: “You can talk to anyone at the club and they will tell you that he brings joy to the team.

“It is not just his attitude, it is his ability as well.

“I wish that he can get back before the end of the season and that he can score more goals for us.”

If the Reds can make the play-offs, then it would boost Soudani’s chances of making a return this season. However, it’s unlikely that O’Neill would utilise him in matches of such magnitude.