Nottingham Forest: Defensive worries for Billy ahead of facing Tractor Boys
BILLY Davies could find himself with a defensive headache ahead of tomorrow's visit of Ipswich to the City Ground.
Danny Collins had to be substituted during the 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday with blurred vision following an awkward fall following an aerial challenge with Jermaine Johnson, making him a doubt for tomorrow.
Greg Halford sits out the second match of his suspension and, according to Davies, both Daniel Ayala and Sam Hutchinson are a week away from being fully match fit.
Substitute Jamaal Lascelles finished the game playing alongside Elliott Ward and the youngster could be set for his first start, if none of the other players recover.
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"Danny lost his vision, which was unfortunate. It was a change we did not want to make, because I wanted to get McGugan on, at some stage," said Davies.
"When he lost his vision, we had no option but to bring young Lascelles on. That gave him some good experience.
"Both Ayala and Hutchinson trained all last week, but they are both probably another week away. Hutchinson is probably further on than Ayala, but it is nice to have them back.
"They will be important players for us, as the season goes on."
Forest had to make two changes at Hillsborough, with Halford suspended and Darius Henderson picking up an injury.
"The two changes did not help us, losing Henderson and Halford. That disrupted us slightly, as we had to change things around," said Davies. "We have to find consistency in our team selection.
"We have a lot of work to do. We have to find quicker wide players. These are long- term projects. In the short term, we are getting maximum effort from the players we have got.
"We have a great spirit in the dressing room, we are working hard on the training ground. We are pleased – but we are not fooled. I have been too long in this game to know that you can only look to the next game and no further beyond that.
"We had Stephen McLaughlin on the bench, it was his first time in the squad, but he is a natural outside left who has a bit of pace about him. He can get balls into the box, he can give us that option."