The 27-year-old missed the majority of last season due to a serious knee injury, but Pearce insists the doubts that remain over his fitness are not enough for a new club captain to be needed.
"I think Chris is everything you would want as a captain," the Forest boss revealed to reporters. "I have met him as a man. He has been out on the training pitch, only on a running basis, not contact.
"In the way he conducts himself, he is everything you want in a captain. I have been very impressed with him."
Forest begin their Championship campaign by hosting Blackpool on August 9.