Nottm Forest V QPR at The City Ground : Match Preview

24 December 2013 09:01
Nottm Forest V QPR - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Henderson banned for Forest

Nottingham Forest will be without the suspended Darius Henderson when QPR visit the City Ground.

Henderson was shown a straight red card late on in the goalless draw at Birmingham on Saturday following a tangle with Blues skipper Paul Robinson, meaning the burly striker will begin a three-match ban on Boxing Day.

Dan Harding came off at half-time at St Andrew's, replaced by Eric Lichaj, so it remains to be seen whether he will keep his place in the team for the evening kick-off against Harry Redknapp's men.

Lichaj, along with Nathaniel Chalobah, Gonzalo Jara Reyes, Jamie Paterson and Matt Derbyshire are options for Reds boss Billy Davies should he wish to make any changes to his starting line-up. Centre-half Danny Collins is nearing a return from the ankle injury that has kept him out for the past two months

QPR will be without Joey Barton.

The controversial midfielder was sent off towards the end of Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Leicester - the eighth red card of his career - and serves a one-match ban.

Karl Henry could replace Barton in the centre while Yossi Benayoun is pushing for a full debut after coming on as a second-half substitute against the Foxes.

Boss Harry Redknapp could make further changes following their first home defeat of the season but he is still without long-term casualties Alejandro Faurlin (cruciate) and Bobby Zamora (knee).

Source: PA