Nottingham Forest will host Reading at the City Ground on Tuesday evening and could be without a number of players for the game following injury and illness.
Aitor Karanka’s side are without a win in the Championship since the end of January, when they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineaux.
The Spaniard is still looking for his first win at home and is hoping his Forest side can carry on the momentum from last weekend’s goalless draw with Burton Albion when they played the majority of the match with 10 men.
A number of his squad were unavailable for the clash with the Pirelli Stadium outfit with illness, however, Karanka is determined to give them as much time as possible to prove their fitness ahead of the visit of Reading.
The Forest manager admitted that Joe Worrall would not be in contention to be selected for the game, as he continues to recover from a knee injury, as is Eric Lichaj, whilst a number of players will be assessed as late as possible.
“Worrall had a problem in his knee and I hope he will be with us as soon as possible,” Karanka told the club’s official website.
“He is not fit for tomorrow and we need to assess Mancienne, Vellios and Murphy with a virus.
“Lichaj is out as well so I have a lot of players out so I need to know as soon as possible because tomorrow is an important game.”
Karanka admitted he could select the same Forest team that played at the weekend, although stressed that with the number of matches to be played in a short period of time, he would need to make sure everyone is well.
“I could play the same team, but I need to check everything,” he added.
“Playing 70 minutes with one player less is tough and I need to check that everyone is well. We have another game on Saturday and we have a lot of players who haven’t played a lot recently.”