Nottm Forest V Barnsley at The City Ground : Match Preview

19 April 2013 11:01
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As you were for Forest

Nottingham Forest look like having an unchanged squad for the visit of Barnsley.

Stephen McLaughlin is expected to resume training this week but the winger, who is still waiting for his first taste of first-team action since joining the Reds from Derry City in January, will not be forced into a rushed return from his ankle injury.

Striker Darius Henderson will serve the second game of a three-match suspension.

Everyone else is fit and available with the likes of defenders Danny Collins and Gonzalo Jara Reyes, midfielders Guy Moussi and Radoslaw Majewski and strikers Marcus Tudgay and Dexter Blackstock all vying for recalls should boss Billy Davies wish to make changes to his starting line-up,

Three draws and two defeats during a five-game winless run has seen Forest fall out of the play-off places but victory against the struggling Tykes could see the Reds return to the top six.

Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.

Fans' favourite Hassell sustained the injury in the midweek draw with Derby and will play no part in the Tykes' last three matches.

But fellow defender Rob Edwards is available again after struggling with a hamstring problem since returning last month from his loan spell at Shrewsbury and Kelvin Etuhu, out for three games with a similar injury, is also back in contention.

Another defender, Tom Kennedy, is pushing for a recall after his one-game ban, but midfielder Stephen Dawson sits out the second game of his three-match suspension.

Manager David Flitcroft was forced to play teenage striker Reuben Noble-Lazarus at left-back on Tuesday night in the absence of Kennedy and Scott Golbourne (knee), but may make changes at the City Ground.

Defenders Jimmy McNulty (ankle) and Rory Delap (calf) remain sidelined as the Tykes bid to climb out of the bottom three with their first win in five league matches.

Source: PA

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