Nottingham Forest head to Bristol City on Saturday looking to edge closer to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a massive three points.

The Robins are unbeaten in four league games and will relish the chance to go above Forest with a win themselves at the weekend.

Sabri Lamouchi’s team will look to ride the crest of a wave. They defeated Luton Town 2-1 before earning East Midlands bragging rights with a 1-0 win over Derby prior to the international break.

Ahead of the trip to Ashton Gate, Lamouchi could have a selection dilemma.

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If Samba Sow or Alfa Semedo are fit to return to action, it will leave the Forest boss with a headache regarding who plays in the middle of the park.

Ryan Yates put in a tremendous performance against the Rams last time out and he was equally decent against Luton.

But would the 21-year-old retain his place if Sow or Semedo get the nod to return this weekend?

The academy graduate is a fantastic player but he has been somewhat opportunistic during the last couple of games.

Put simply, had Semedo and Sow been fit, he might have struggled to make Lamouchi’s squad, never mind get the nod to play.

Opportunity knocks

That’s nothing against Yates but is a sign of how good the duo have been since arriving during the summer.

The form of Yates has now thrown a sizeable cat among the pigeons for Lamouchi, who has a plethora of midfield talent to call upon.

Sow has been tremendous since his arrival. He signed as an unknown quantity from Dinamo Moscow for a measly £640,000 (Nottinghamshire Live).

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His injury has been a hamstring problem though and they are not to be messed with. Playing him one game before he is 100% could prove catastrophic to Forest’s season and Lamouchi surely won’t rush him back.

Semedo netted his first goal for the Reds at Swansea in September, handing the Reds a stunning victory. He is on loan from Benfica but is edging closer to return following a back problem.


John Bostock is another name to throw into the mix. The man on loan from Toulouse wasn’t even in the squad for the game against Derby and he already looks way down the pecking order.

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You would think that when he is fit Sow has to play. The 31-year-old has looked a class above and although Semedo and Yates have impressed, their impact hasn’t been quite so telling.

For the first time in many years, Forest now have options. Lamouchi doesn’t realise how lucky he is to have such a positive headache for a change.

Whoever gets the nod to play will bring something different to the party and it remains to be seen who will get the nod this weekend.

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