Nottingham Forest have flown out of the blocks during the first two months of the 2019/20 campaign, currently sitting in second place in the Championship level on points with the leaders.

The Reds enjoyed a good result against Brentford on Saturday and will head into their next run of matches in great confidence.

Following the last international break, boss Sabri Lamouchi has enjoyed wins over Barnsley, Swansea and the Bees, as well as a point against Blackburn Rovers.


With several players now available at the disposal of Lamouchi, he is bound to be faced with some selection headaches after the latest break.

With that in mind, we looked at four conundrums the boss might have to solve before Forest’s next match at Wigan:

Silva or Carvalho

During the last two home matches, Carvalho has played out of position on the left-wing.

That doesn’t seem like a long-term fix and particularly away from home, Lamouchi will probably go with a more natural option out wide.

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Silva, 26, turned in his best performance in a Forest shirt against Brentford and he will hope to keep his place in the side for the trip to Wigan.

Carvalho is the club’s record signing and arguably the most technically gifted player in the squad, however, leaving Lamouchi with a problem to solve during the current international break.

Dawson dilemma

The 35-year-old Forest defender missed the games against Blackburn and Brentford with a calf problem picked up in the win over Stoke.

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He is expected to be back in the squad for the game at Wigan after the international break and that represents another decision for Lamouchi.

Chema Rodriguez deputised well against Brentford and will want to keep his place in the team for the next game.

Who replaced Sow?

One negative from Saturday’s win was the fact that £640,000 summer signing (Nottinghamshire Live) Samba Sow hobbled off in the closing stages. He now faces a scan on his hamstring and he could be sidelined for some time.

That leaves Lamouchi with a void to fill and it will be interesting to see who drops in for the Malian maestro.

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John Bostock is waiting in the wings, although he seems like a more natural alternative to Ben Watson.

That could see Brennan Johnson and Alfa Semedo battle it out to replace Sow. A run of games for the youngster could be ideal for the academy graduate, especially with Forest in such good form at the moment.


Yuri Ribeiro has looked a very shrewd signing since arriving on a free from Benfica during the summer.

That said, Jack Robinson is also waiting in the wings and has done okay when called upon this season.

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The young Portuguese performer is arguably better at getting forward but Robinson is fairly reliable at the back.

It is great for the Reds to finally have two quality players battling for the left-back slot and it will be interesting to see who gets the nod against Wigan.

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