Nottingham Forest face Barnsley this afternoon looking to put last week’s FA Cup thrashing at the hands of Swansea behind them.

The Reds made 10 changes last week and it didn’t have the desired effect as the Swans ran riot.

Today it’s back to league action though and despite losing to Middlesbrough in the last league outing, recent form has been okay.

Chris Hughton’s men were unbeaten in six league games prior to the Boro defeat and a return to that level of performance is required.

It seems likely that some first-team regulars will come back into the fold for today’s game as Forest look for a vital three points.

Here is a look at the team which Hughton could select this afternoon:

In goal and back four

Brice Samba looks set to return in goal after being rested at Swansea last time out.

Scott McKenna didn’t make the trip to Wales and he should come into the back four alongside Joe Worrall.

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Right-back Cyrus Christie should start once again, whilst Gaetan Bong will probably keep his place with Yuri Ribeiro still suspended.

Forest had looked relatively solid at the back before the last two games and Hughton will hope his defence can stand firm today.


Forest are really depleted in the middle of the park.

Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Harry Arter are all nursing injuries so won’t feature this afternoon.

Cafu looks set to play in a deeper role, alongside Samba Sow who has been in pretty decent form lately.

The Reds could do with another midfielder to come in before Monday’s deadline and it’ll be interesting to see if any business can be done.

In attack

Lewis Grabban was handed a rest at Swansea and he should replace Lyle Taylor in attack.

There could be a debut in the No.10 spot, with Filip Krovinovic lined-up to start against Barnsley.

He arrived on loan from West Brom last week but was ineligible for the FA Cup clash.

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On the flanks, Hughton has some decisions to make.

Alex Mighten dropping to the bench for the cup clash could be telling and the youngster could return to the starting eleven here.

Anthony Knockaert scored at the Liberty Stadium in last week’s defeat and he will perhaps get the nod over Sammy Ameobi on the right flank.

Here is how today’s team might look:

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