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Team news for Nottingham Forest's Championship clash with Swansea at the City Ground on Saturday.

Last Updated: 24/09/10 at 09:32

Earnshaw: A doubt for Forest

Earnshaw: A doubt for Forest

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Striker Robert Earnshaw and defender Kelvin Wilson remain concerns for Nottingham Forest ahead of the visit of the Swans.

Earnshaw, who has recently recovered from a hamstring injury, sustained a thigh problem during the goalless draw at Hull. Wilson missed that game with a calf complaint and has not recovered as quickly as manager boss Billy Davies had hoped.

"Both players are touch and go for Saturday and we will just have to see how they progress," said Davies. "It is a long Championship season and we know we are going to have problems like this."

Luke Chambers is on standby to deputise for Wilson once more while Dexter Blackstock will almost certainly return to the starting line up if Earnshaw fails to make it.

Long-term absentee David McGoldrick hit the comeback trail this week with a 45-minute run-out for the reserves following shoulder surgery but this game may be too soon for the forward to be considered.

Forest remain without a win at the City Ground this season but are unbeaten in the last six matches.

Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers will revert back to his strongest XI for the trip to Nottingham Forest having made seven changes against Peterborough on Tuesday.

Ineligible forward Frank Nouble and rested regulars Dorus de Vries, Garry Monk, Neil Taylor, Mark Gower, Nathan Dyer and Joe Allen will all be hoping to come back in at the City Ground.

However, the likes of Stephen Dobbie, David Cotterill, Jordi Lopez and Cedric van der Gun will be hoping they may have done enough to impress Rodgers.

One man who will definitely start against Forest is Scott Sinclair, who built on his impressive form since moving to south Wales with a hat-trick to down Posh 3-1 and secure Swansea's progression into the fourth round of the Carling Cup.

Craig Beattie (calf), Gorka Pintado (shoulder), Ferrie Bodde (knee) and Tom Butler (thigh) remain sidelined, although Angel Rangel (thigh) is closing in on a return to first-team contention.

Key Swans midfielder Darren Pratley comes face-to-face with the team who tried to secure his services over the summer, with the contentious words of Forest chief executive Mark Arthur straining relations between the two clubs.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:15
Watford v Bournemth  
15:00
Brighton v Blackpool  
Derby v Cardiff  
Fulham v Blackburn  
Leeds v Huddersfld  
M'boro v Brentford  
Millwall v N Forest  
Norwich v Birmingham  
Rotherham v Charlton  
Sheff Wed v Reading  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 7 10 17
2 Norwich 7 10 16
3 Watford 7 7 15
4 Wolves 7 4 14
5 Charlton 7 3 13
6 Reading 7 1 13
7 Derby 7 5 12
8 Sheff Wed 7 3 12
9 M'boro 7 2 12
10 Ipswich 7 3 11
11 Brentford 7 0 11
12 Millwall 7 0 10
13 Blackburn 7 -1 10
14 Leeds 7 -3 10
15 Bournemth 7 1 8
16 Wigan 7 1 8
17 Cardiff 7 -1 8
18 Brighton 7 -2 7
19 Rotherham 7 -4 7
20 Birmingham 7 -7 6
21 Bolton 7 -5 5
22 Huddersfld 7 -8 5
23 Blackpool 7 -7 1
24 Fulham 7 -12 1

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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