Nottm Forest V Blackburn at The City Ground : Match Preview

Warburton to check on fitness of Traore

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton will check on the fitness of Armand Traore ahead of the hugely important clash with relegation rivals Blackburn at the City Ground.

Traore hobbled off with cramp after an hour against Huddersfield last weekend. Warburton will hope the former Arsenal player is available, having excelled in a new role on the left of a central defensive trio. If he is fit, Traore should retain his place – either there or at left-back if Warburton opts for a defensive four.

Fellow defender Danny Fox is back in contention after a one-match ban while Damien Perquis and Jack Hobbs have had another week of training after recovering from their injury problems.

Striker Matty Fryatt (Achilles) is looking to prove his fitness before the end of the campaign after two years on the sidelines but Stephen Henderson’s Achilles injury will keep him out until next season.

Wes Brown is set to continue in central defence as Blackburn look to ease their relegation worries.

Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan both missed Saturday’s defeat to Barnsley with ankle injuries and both are unlikely to be fit.

Elliott Ward played an hour for the under-23s on Monday to give manager Tony Mowbray another option at the back.

Top scorer Danny Graham, who returned following a three-match absence, will be assessed after being forced off just six minutes after coming on at half-time, having taken a knock to his hip.

Source: PAR

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