Competition: Sky Bet Championship Date: Tuesday 25th February 2020 Venue: The Cardiff City Stadium Kick-Off: 19:45 BST Referee: Stephen Martin
Sabri Lamouchi has revealed that three of his most important players could be unavailable for selection for this match due to injury. Samba Sow, Sammy Ameobi and Lewis Grabban are all doubts and could miss out.
Nuno da Costa only joined in January, but has already picked up an injury playing for the Under-23s and won’t feature in this game.
Tyler Walker is likely to make his second start since returning from Lincoln City if Grabban does miss out.
As for Cardiff City, Neil Harris does have a few selection headaches to contend with for this game.
The Bluebirds will be without midfielder Lee Tomlin, who misses out through a knee injury. He looks set to be on the sidelines for at least six weeks.
Winger Albert Adomah will also be unavailable given that he’s on loan from the City Ground.
The Bluebirds go head-to-head with the Reds knowing that a win could see them move to within just three points of Lamouchi’s men as they hunt down a play-off place.
The Bluebirds have only won two of their last five outings in the Championship. They were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Wigan Athletic in their last home game at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Forest will be hoping to return to winning ways after having their automatic promotion hopes dented with recent defeats against Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic, before last weekend’s draw against Queens Park Rangers.
Lamouchi will be hoping his side can continue their recent good run of form away from home.
Cardiff (4-2-3-1): Smithies; Richards, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Pack, Vaulks; Whyte, Ward, Murphy; Paterson.
Forest (4-2-3-1): Samba; Cash, Figueiredo, Worrall, Ribeiro; Watson, Silva; Lolley, Carvalho, Diakhaby; Walker.
One to watch
There’s no doubt that the Reds will be relieved to know that Tomlin won’t be featuring due to injury. However, the Bluebirds still have other attacking talents at their disposal, including Josh Murphy.
The former Norwich City winger has been a key player for the Bluebirds over the last two years, and remains a dangerous player at this level. The 25-year-old has contributed with six goals and three assists so far this season, according to WhoScored.
General admission tickets for tomorrow’s game are still available on general sale. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket office online or in person before 12pm today, with collections available until then also.
Nottingham Forest’s clash with Cardiff City will be available to watch live on Sky Sports Main Event with coverage getting underway at 7pm.
BBC Radio Nottingham will have live match commentary on frequency 103.8.