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Forest boss Hughton provides injury update ahead of Rotherham

Nottingham Forest face being without striker Lewis Grabban again when they make the trip to Rotherham United tomorrow.

A hamstring injury kept the front man out of the matchday squad for Saturday’s victory over Blackburn Rovers, and has also ruled him out against the Millers.

But fellow forward Lyle Taylor will be involved, having appeared to hold his back towards the end of the weekend’s 1-0 win after he had come on as a substitute.

“Lyle is fine,” said boss Chris Hughton.


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“Grabbs hasn’t quite made it. We’re relatively confident it’s not going to be too long, but probably tomorrow has come around too quick.

“Scott McKenna (ankle) is still out.

“Samba Sow (ankle) and Sammy Ameobi (knee) have both trained the last couple of days, and we’re expecting Harry Arter (calf) to be back in training next week.”

The Reds climbed to 17th in the table with three points at the City Ground, putting them seven points clear of the bottom three.

They have now lost just twice in their last 13 league games, with players returning from injury only adding to the competition for places.

Battling for a spot in the side can also help guard against any possibility of complacency creeping in.

“The best way is to keep that level of competition – but also what we do on the training pitch,” Hughton said.

“There are always going to be positions which you change more than others.

“At any club, you are going to have a section of players who are playing a high percentage of games. And you are going to have other positions where there are players who don’t play so much.

“That’s where we have to do our work on the training pitch, to make sure we keep their levels up and keep their motivation up.

“All of that is a little bit easier when you’re winning games.”

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Midfield is one area where the manager does have a lot of options.

Ryan Yates returned from a spell on the sidelines when he came off the bench against Rovers, while Arter – fighting for the final place in Forest’s 25-man squad – is also edging back.

The last few games, though, have seen Cafu and James Garner strike up a good partnership in the centre of the pitch.

“The only thoughts you have of changing something are generally to do with form or to do with the type of game we are about to play, or for rotation when we’ve got so many games,” Hughton said.

“For particular games, you can have a different combination which you think maybe works better.

“If we are ever at a position where we have all our midfielders available, that’s the plus we do have – the competition, but also different types of players you are able to use for different types of opposition.”

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