By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil is expected to make as many as four changes to his side to face Fulham in their Championship encounter on Tuesday.
Jordan Smith, Hildeberto Pereira, Michael Mancienne and Ross McCormack are all likely to come in for Nottingham Forest, following the miserable 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Norwich on Saturday.
The suspended Eric Lichaj and the injured Stephen Henderson are both forced out of the starting XI, while Zach Clough and Danny Fox are both axed.
The seven players that are likely to keep their places are Daniel Pinillos, Jack Hobbs, Aaron Tshibola, David Vaughan, Jamie Ward, Ben Osborn and Britt Assombalonga.
Brazil will be forced into making a change in the goalkeeping department, after premier stopper Henderson was stretchered off in the defeat to Norwich.
The 28-year-old appeared to suffer an Achilles injury, and face several months on the sidelines. Youngster Jordan Smith gave a decent display off the bench, and is expected to be called upon against Fulham; with third stopper Vladimir Stojkovic also out.
Another compulsory change for Brazil will see a replacement needed at right-back for Lichaj, who was sent-off for a second bookable offence.
Pereira is likely to fill in on the right-hand side of the back-four, having not featured for Nottingham Forest since the 0-0 draw with Birmingham on January 14.
Brazil may also be concerned at number of goals shipped by his side at Carrow Road last time out, and may bin the experimental centre-back partnership of Fox and Hobbs.
Defensive mainstay Mancienne missed the clash with a minor knock but could be back in contention to face Fulham – and is likely to replace Fox.
Nottingham Forest are also expected to persist with their midfield duo of Tshibola and Vaughan, with Osborn and Ward also retaining their roles in the wider areas.
The one change to the attack though, is likely to see McCormack replace fellow January signing Clough in a deep-lying role behind Assombalonga, after the Aston Villa loanee came off the bench to net Forest’s only goal.
A win for Nottingham Forest could send them up to 13th, though they will be going up against a Fulham side that are way-ahead in ninth-place, and 10 points better-off.
Defeat, on the other hand, could see Forest drop down to 19th.
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