Sheffield United will be missing several key players when Nottingham Forest arrive at Bramall Lane on Friday night, boss Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed.

The Reds can go level on points with the Blades if they can claim a massive away win. Forest would also go into the top-six at least for a few hours if they claim all three points.

United have been in fine form though. Heckingbottom’s men were beaten 1-0 at Millwall on Saturday but that was their first defeat since the middle of January.

Forest will be without Max Lowe who is ineligible to face his former club but United have a few more concerns in their ranks.

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Chris Basham is the latest to head into the treatment room, with his injury seemingly serious.

Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live: “Bash is in a brace at the minute trying to keep his leg straight and take all the risk out of it.”

Former Forest man David McGoldrick, ex-Derby ace Jayden Bogle and Forest linked Rhian Brewster are all out for the remainder of the campaign.

Ben Osborn has also been nursing an injury in recent months and hasn’t played since a 2-0 defeat to Derby in January.

Forest shouldn’t be fooled by Heckingbottom psychology

The Reds still have a very tough game on their hands on Friday night and Sheffield United’s bench on Saturday highlights that.

Goalkeeper Adam Davies was joined by John Fleck, Sander Berge, Ben Davies, Morgan Gibbs-White, Daniel Jebbison and Joe Starbuck against Millwall.

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Forest have strength in depth too but the Reds shouldn’t be lured into a false sense of security by United’s boss.

Cooper will be under no illusions of the test his team faces on Friday and the main thing is to focus on what Forest can do at Bramall Lane.

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