Nottingham Forest could face Middlesbrough this evening without the influential Tiago Silva who posted a cryptic Instagram message last night.

The Portuguese maestro has really kicked on during the second half of the campaign, netting the winner against Cardiff City during Forest’s last outing.

Silva has featured in every league game for the Reds, starting 29 of the club’s 35 Championship fixtures.

His loss in the No.10 role could prove significant, although with Boro in the bottom three, Forest will start the game as firm favourites.

Silva’s recent post has created some discussion among supporters, although some aren’t sure what to make of it.

Here at Nottingham Forest News, we looked at three options for Sabri Lamouchi should the 26-year-old be ruled out of tonight.

Like-for-like

The obvious option within the Forest squad to replace Silva would be Joao Carvalho.

His compatriot hasn’t had a season to remember and seems to have struggled for confidence having not had a pre-season due to injury.

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The 22-year-old has started just eight league games this season but did look lively during a 12-minute cameo against QPR recently.

If Lamouchi wants to stick with his current system and simply do a like-for-like change, then Carvalho is the man he should play.

Young gun

Alex Mighten made his league debut in the game against QPR last month and he could be in line for a start at Middlesbrough.

It would mean Joe Lolley moving to No.10 to accommodate Mighten on the flank but it’s certainly an option for Lamouchi.

 

At 17 it would be a big ask for Mighten to play a full game in the Championship, although he did show in the FA Cup contest with Chelsea exactly what he is capable of.

Mighten looks like being a star of the future on Trentside and Silva being ruled out could see Lamouchi make the bold decision to hand him a start.

Change of system

Alfa Semedo came on at half-time at Cardiff and changed the complexion of the game.

His performance in the second half at the Cardiff City Stadium was brilliant and represented a timely return to form.

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Semedo is on loan from Benfica and had struggled for consistency after suffering an injury earlier in the campaign.

If the 22-year-old does get the nod, Lamouchi will probably line up with three in midfield, abandoning the approach of playing with a No.10.

Against a dogged Middlesbrough team battling for their lives, that might not be the best idea but should ensure Forest remain solid through the middle of the park.

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