Nottingham Forest midfielder Ryan Yates has suggested that Ethan Horvath deserves his chance to shine for the Reds on Friday against Bournemouth.

The American stopper will deputise for Brice Samba for the next three games after the 27-year-old was sent off against Stoke.

Horvath has made three appearances so far. His last one came in Chris Hughton’s final league game against Middlesbrough and that won’t live long in the memory.

He didn’t deal with a backpass particularly well in that game and allowed Onel Hernandez to set the seal on a 2-0 victory.

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That is now consigned to the past though. He is yet to earn a shot under Steve Cooper and he will now play behind a more confident defensive unit.

Horvath checked in after leaving Club Brugge on a free in the summer and Yates has praised the stopper for his efforts since arriving.

He told The Athletic: “I really, really like Ethan. His work ethic is second to none. We have to have players who are itching to play – and he is.

“You always need good players ready to take their chance. I look forward to seeing him or Jordan (Smith) play and take that opportunity.”

Horvath to get big Forest chance

This is the moment that Horvath has waited for since he arrived at the City Ground. Forget his first league outing, the United States goalkeeper, will see this as the start of his Forest career.

It’s only fair to cut Horvath some slack for his performance against Boro. Confidence was at its lowest ebb at that point and the atmosphere was toxic on Trentside that night.

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It’s useful that Yates has put some of the supporters’ minds at ease ahead of Friday. Horvath will face a tough baptism of fire against a team chasing automatic promotion.

The Reds stopper now has a big chance though. He will be keen to grasp it with both hands and if he does, he could earn Cooper’s trust for the remainder of the season.

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