Nottingham Forest travel to West Bromwich Albion tonight with both Yohan Benalouane and Jack Colback available for selection, according to the club’s official website.

Forest are looking to build on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brentford at home as they take on the Baggies at The Hawthorns for the first time since 2010.

Neither centre-back Benalouane nor midfielder Colback featured against the Bees with 21-year-old Ryan Yates lining up alongside Ben Watson in central midfield.

Jack Robinson and Alexander Milosevic were manager Martin O’Neill’s preferred centre-back pairing and he must decide whether to split them up to bring back Benalouane.

The Tunisia international was suspended after being sent off against Birmingham City while Colback has missed two games after picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

O’Neill will also consider the fact that Molla Wague came off the bench to score Forest’s second goal against Brentford and could be in line for a start.

Michael Dawson will definitely miss out with a hamstring injury but right-back Tendayi Darikwa is another contender to return having completed his three-match suspension for a straight red card against Reading.

And O’Neill, who admits he is still to work out what his best side is at his new club, expects West Brom to provide a stiff challenge on the night.

“West Brom are at home, they are performing strongly having bounced back from a defeat against Middlesbrough and gone and won a big, big game at the weekend, which was a great result for them,” he told The Nottingham Post.

“We have to try to fashion victories, even if we do not have all that possession. That might be something we have to live with for a few weeks.

“If we can do that, great. But I have no doubt that this team will get better. We will get better in every department.

“But it will not happen immediately, I am sorry to say.”

Forest are now in ninth place in the Championship and sit just five points off a play-off position – which O’Neill has targeted as the club’s goal this season.


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