Nottingham Forest boss Chris Hughton will be forced into a change tomorrow with Nicholas Ioannou suspended for the trip to Middlesbrough.

The Cyprus international was sent off during the 1-1 draw with Luton Town and will miss the trip to Middlesbrough.

Ioannou has started every game at left-back since arriving from APOEL during the summer transfer window.

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Tomorrow will see him miss out, however, and Hughton will need a replacement to step into the breach.

Ahead of the trip to the Riverside Stadium we looked at four players who could replace Ioannou.

Yuri Ribeiro

By far and away the people’s choice, plenty of supporters will hope to see a reprieve for the Portuguese defender this weekend.

Ribeiro has made one Carabao Cup appearance and played a single league game this season.

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His demise has been surprising considering that some supporters saw him as an outside bet for Player of the Year last season.

Ribeiro would be the standout choice and a popular one with the Forest faithful.

Carl Jenkinson

The defender played for the first time in five matches during the 1-1 draw at Luton, replacing Sammy Ameobi at half-time.

He slotted in effortlessly at left-back and showed determination to show Hughton exactly what he is capable of.

The 28-year-old is typically a right-back but Hughton might go with Jenkinson again this weekend.


Although an unnatural option, Jenkinson is a commanding figure and would be capable of doing a job if called upon.

Gaetan Bong

The outside option given that the ex-Brighton man has played just an hour of football since arriving at Forest in January.

Bong didn’t cover himself in glory when he played for 60 minutes against Charlton in February and hasn’t been seen since.

Hughton’s arrival could have handed him a reprieve though.

Bong was the Forest manager’s left-back when Brighton won promotion to the Premier League during the 2016/17 campaign.

It’s not sure whether or not Bong is even in Forest’s 25-man squad but if he is, he’s a contender to play tomorrow.

Loic Mbe Soh

The left-field option would involve a system change and that could see Mbe Soh enter the fray.

Signed from PSG in the summer, the 19-year-old played in games against Huddersfield and Bristol City.

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He has been an unused sub in all four of Hughton’s games in charge, however and is waiting patiently for a chance.

The France under-20 international could make up a three-man central defence, with someone like Joe Lolley or Sammy Ameobi operating as a wing-back.

This option seems the least likely, however, but the size of Forest’s squad means Hughton isn’t short of options.

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