By Amir Mir
Nicklas Bendtner could be in line for his Nottingham Forest debut against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, despite the striker only signing a two-year contract on Wednesday.
Forward Britt Assombalonga could miss out on the trip to Villa Park as he battles to shake off a hamstring problem, which kept him out of the 3-1 win against Leeds prior to the international break.
Philippe Montanier will look to remain with the back five that picked up three points at the City ground against Leeds.
Stephen Henderson is likely to continue in goal with Forest. Centre-back Damien Perquis will be hoping to help his side keep their first clean sheet of the season, and will look to line-up alongside Michael Mancienne at the heart of the club’s defence.
Forest have scored 22 goals in five Championship games, with Montanier’s side picking up three wins in their opening five games. But, despite sitting in a pretty comfortable seventh place in the league, they have a leaky defence.
Forest have conceded 11 goals in just five Championship games and Montanier will look to bulk up his midfield, with David Vaughan, Henri Lansbury and Ben Osborn likely to start.
Pajtim Kasami could start on the left for Forest, as the 24-year-old looks to add to the first goal he scored for the club against Leeds, and Apostolos Vellius is set to be on the right.
Remarkably this is the first time two former European champions are going to meet in the second division of any league in Europe.
They face Roberto Di Matteo’s Villa side who have picked up only one win in five Championship games, having suffered a 3-1 defeat to Bristol City prior to the international break.
These two club’s last met in 1999 when Villa beat Forest 2-0. That game sealed the Forest’s relegation and they have not competed in the top-flight since. They’ll be hoping for a small amount of revenge in the 1.15pm kick-off on Sunday.
In other Nottingham Forest team news, this is how Villa are likely to start on Sunday afternoon, with seven summer signings taking the field.