By Amir Mir

Kenny Burns has stated that he “still expects” Nottingham Forest ace Ben Brereton to return to the bench against Norwich next Saturday.

This despite the young striker scoring an injury-time winner against Aston Villa at the City Ground last weekend.

The 17-year-old was brought on by caretaker boss Gary Brazil midway through the second half with the scores level.

Brereton then secured all three points for his team when he volleyed home the winner from inside the penalty area.

Despite his heroics last time out, club legend Burns would still start January signing Ross McCormack ahead of the highly-rated youngster.

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“I fully expect him [McCormack] to make his debut for the Reds against Norwich City, after being ineligible to face Villa just a few days after joining Forest on loan,” Burns told the Nottingham Post.

“I know Ben Brereton scored the winner against Villa at the City Ground on Saturday, which will probably lead to a clamour for the teenager to start at Carrow Road.

“But I still expect him to be back on the subs’ bench at Norwich, with McCormack in the line-up up front alongside Britt Assombalonga.”

McCormack joined Forest on loan from Aston Villa during the January transfer window after falling out with manager Steve Bruce.

The 30-year-old missed training because of his faulty gates as Bruce slammed his attitude and fitness.

Nonetheless, the experienced campaigner, who has scored only three goals this season, will be looking to help his new side move away from the relegation zone.

Forest are 15th in the Championship table on 36 points from their 30 games, eight points ahead of Blackburn who currently occupy the final relegation spot.

Brazil’s side have won their last two matches and will be looking to continue that run when they travel to Carrow Road to take on the Canaries for their next match.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Stephen Henderson has stated that this Forest youngster is destined for the top.

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