Nottingham Forest take on Hull City at the City Ground on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Stoke City.
The Reds had been unbeaten in four games prior to their trip to Staffordshire and they can ill-afford any more slip-ups.
Forest are four points off the play-offs in the Championship and know that a run of wins must come soon if they are to go on a gatecrashing mission.
It had been thought that the Reds might come up against a former player this weekend.
Defender Eric Lichaj departed the City Ground for Hull in the summer and has played 31 games for the Tigers.
According to the Nottingham Post, the full-back could miss the trip due to an ankle injury sustained in last weekend’s win over Birmingham.
Solid, if unspectacular
The 30-year-old made 173 appearances in five years on Trentside and built-up a decent rapport with the Forest faithful.
What he lacked in quality he made up with a commitment to the cause and lots of fans appreciated that.
Given that he wasn’t blessed with the most quality in the world, however, Forest fans might have relished seeing Joe Lolley running at Lichaj this weekend.
Whoever plays out wide for the Reds is likely to be quick and the chance to run at the former Red would have whet the appetite no end.
Lichaj didn’t always cover himself in glory against speed in a Forest shirt. He was often guilty of giving silly free-kicks away up against quicker players.
Lolley will play one side this weekend. Matty Cash, Arvin Appiah and Diogo Goncalves are contenders for the other flank. All three would be quicker than the former Red.
So it seems that Lichaj not making the trip might in a strange sort of way make Forest’s afternoon more difficult.
In November, the emotion of a reunion with Forest was all a bit too much for the defender who had an afternoon to forget.
Boss Martin O’Neill will fancy his team’s chances whoever lines-up for the opposition, but seeing Lichaj in the Hull line-up would have delighted those of a Forest persuasion.
During the last visit, Aitor Karanka appeared to ask his team to target Lichaj’s weakness and it paid dividends.
A repeat of that this weekend looks unlikely.