Andy Reid didn’t name Braian Ojeda in his Nottingham Forest under-23 team last night and perhaps that provides a selection hint for tonight’s first-team game.

The Paraguay international has been working on his fitness. He checked in on Trentside during transfer deadline day and has made an appearance for the under-23s.

Last night he was left out though. Xande Silva and Mohamed Drager both featured but Ojeda was missing as the Reds young guns lost 1-0 to Stoke.

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The 21-year-old has been with the first team for some time now. Since checking in he hasn’t made a squad though and perhaps that milestone is edging closer.


Given that he wasn’t involved at Stoke last night, he could be with the travelling party that heads to Bristol City for tonight’s game.

Cooper might be reluctant to put him in his matchday squad in such a tough away fixture. He could, however, be the 19th man, ready to step up if there should be any late hitches.

Some supporters would relish the chance to see him in a squad. He looks like an exciting addition and is deemed as a poster boy for Paraguayan football.

Future star: Ojeda can shine in the current Forest setup

Cooper’s team look rejuvenated from the one that looked so desperately void of ideas under Chris Hughton.

Ojeda comes with the ability to play a versatile role in midfield. He can operate as a defensive midfield, or further forward as a creative spark.

That certainly provides Cooper with options and perhaps he will look to get him on the bench in the coming weeks.

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It does seem strange that he wasn’t involved for the under-23s last night. If he was short of match fitness, perhaps an hour last night would have helped.

The alternative is that he’s in fact ready and has headed to Ashton Gate with the squad for tonight’s game.

Ojeda is an unknown quantity and fans will hope to find out a little more about their new South American sooner rather than later.

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