Nottingham Forest team news: Could Bendtner make his first start?

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13th Sep, 2016 | 4:19pm

Nottingham Forest expected 4-5-1 v Rotherham: 73-cap international to start

By Amir Mir

Nottingham Forest could hand Nicklas Bendtner his first start when Philippe Montanier’s side visit Rotherham on Wednesday evening.

Striker Bendtner signed for Forest on a free transfer last Wednesday and after training for a week with his new club he could be thrown straight into action against the Millers.

Forest manager Montanier has to contend with a few suspension and injuries following his sides battling draw at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Reds captain Henri Lansbury is expected to start in midfield after his late equaliser at Villa Park, with Pajtim Kasami alongside him, as Thomas Lam (Dead leg) and Matty Cash (Knee) are injury worries.

Additionally, Hildeberto Pereira who beat four men which led to his sides late equaliser will be suspended, after being sent off for celebrating with the fans after the goal at the weekend.

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New summer signing Lica could make his first start for the club out wide, with Mustapha Carayol adopting the other flank, with the duo expected to service Apostolos Vellios up front.

Forest have conceded 12 goals in seven games in all competitions this season, with no clean sheet to their name.

Montanier could line-up with the same back four that conceded two goals in two minutes on Sunday, as the Frenchman searches for his sides first clean sheet of the campaign.

Therefore Eric Lichaj and Danny Fox could start at full-back despite struggling to prevent a number of crosses going into their box against Villa, one of which led to a goal.

Meanwhile, Damien Perquis and Michael Mancienne will be hoping to build their partnership at the heart of the club’s defence.

Forest have been involved in a league high of 26 goals this season by scoring 13 goals and conceding the same amount in six Championship games.

They face an Alan Stubbs side who are hovering above the relegation zone with one win, two draws and three losses registered to their name.

In other Nottingham Forest team news, Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner makes this claim after his side were held to a draw against Forest on Sunday.