Nottm Forest v Doncaster preview

Team news ahead of Saturday afternoon's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Doncaster at the City Ground.

Last Updated: 11/03/11 at 11:28   

Tyson: Over his ankle problem

Tyson: Over his ankle problem

Nathan Tyson could return to the squad for the game.

The forward has missed the last five matches with an ankle problem.

He was in the travelling party for the defeat to Sheffield United on Tuesday night but did not make the matchday squad as he had only resumed full training the previous day.

Loan signing Kris Boyd is in line for his home debut having come on as a substitute at Bramall Lane.

The Scotland striker is one of many attacking options should boss Billy Davies wish to make changes, with Robert Earnshaw, Lewis McGugan, Garath McCleary and Radoslaw Majewski all available for recalls.

Forest, who lost their long unbeaten home record in the Championship against Hull last weekend, go into the game having suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time in a year. The Reds have not been beaten in three successive league matches since March 2009.

Doncaster will be without leading goalscorer Billy Sharp.

The 16-goal striker will undergo surgery to resolve a long-standing hernia problem and could miss the rest of the season, although he aims to be back for the final month.

Fellow forward James Hayter made a timely return in the midweek draw with Coventry, grabbing a late equaliser after being out since early February with a calf injury and he should start again, with Dean Shiels in contention to step in for Sharp.

Midfielders John Oster (calf) and Paul Keegan (knee) and on-loan Southampton defender Joe Mills (foot) all missed out on Tuesday night but could return to the squad.

On-loan goalkeeper Ben Alnwick is expected to start on the bench again as back-up for Gary Woods following his recent arrival from Tottenham.

Number one Neil Sullivan is still struggling with a shin problem and defenders James Chambers (hamstring), James O'Connor (foot) and Mustapha Dumbuya (knee) remain out.

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3 Derby 44 30 81
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5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 N Forest 44 7 65
9 Ipswich 44 6 65
10 Blackburn 44 5 64
11 Bournemth 44 -1 63
12 Watford 43 17 60
13 Middlesbro' 44 7 58
14 Bolton 44 -3 55
15 Sheff Wed 44 1 53
16 Leeds 44 -10 53
17 Huddersfld 44 -8 50
18 Charlton 43 -23 45
19 Doncaster 44 -28 44
20 Millwall 44 -29 44
21 Birmingham 43 -13 43
22 Blackpool 44 -27 43
23 Barnsley 44 -30 39
24 Yeovil 44 -26 37

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