Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates will miss Wednesday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers through suspension.
The 21-year-old was sent off in Saturday’s goalless draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the Championship. The Reds were reduced to 10-men when Yates was given a straight red for a two-footed lunge on Adam Nagy.
Fortunately, Sabri Lamouchi’s men were still able to return to the East Midlands with a point to show for their efforts.
It could’ve been even better had Lewis Grabban converted his chance in the second-half.
The Reds will now turn their attention to Wednesday’s trip to Loftus Road to face QPR. It won’t be an easy task for the Reds, especially now they are short of options in midfield.
Lamouchi will already be considering who to start in midfield now that Yates isn’t available. Both Alfa Semedo and Samba Sow are said to be close to returning from injury, but it would be a big ask for them to immediately be thrown into the starting line-up.
João Carvalho has missed out on the last few game due to the form of Tiago Silva. Lamouchi may be tempted to move Silva into a deeper role and bring Carvalho back into the fold.
Of course, this would be a risky move by the Frenchman, especially in an away game. The Reds have looked open in midfield when both Silva and Carvalho have featured together, but it may be worth another go.
Alternatively, Lamouchi could give John Bostock an opportunity to impress. The 27-year-old hasn’t featured since the defeat against Wigan Athletic in October.
Bostock was named on the bench against Bristol City on Saturday. This suggests he isn’t far away from Lamouchi’s starting line-up.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see who Lamouchi drafts into the team.
Whatever he decides to do, he’ll be hoping the Reds can return to winning ways at Loftus Road.