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Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill is likely to resist the temptation to include any of his players returning from injury.

Striker Dexter Blackstock (knee), winger Garath McCleary (knee) and midfielders Paul Anderson (hamstring) and George Boateng all made their comebacks in behind-closed-doors friendlies this week.

Anderson is probably the nearest to a first-team return but Cotterill will not want to risk any further problems with the quartet.

Forest have no new injury problems after Chris Gunter and on-loan full-back Greg Cunningham returned unscathed from international duty.

Striker Ishmael Miller underwent a hernia operation prior to the international break and is still recovering, while the versatile Chris Cohen (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Ibrahima Sonko has been ruled out of Ipswich's trip to Forest but the club have received a triple injury boost.

Centre-back Sonko, who has been dogged by injury since his summer arrival at Portman Road, was forced off in the 4-1 defeat to Millwall at the end of last month nursing a hamstring strain.

He subsequently missed the 3-2 reverse at home to Doncaster, Ipswich's last game before the international break, and despite making good progress is not yet fully fit to face Forest.

However, midfielder Lee Bowyer, also forced off against the Lions with a back problem, has trained all week and returns into contention.

Nathan Ellington (calf) has also rejoined his team-mates this week and is available while fellow striker Daryl Murphy (hamstring) trained for the first time on Thursday and will be part of manager Paul Jewell's thoughts should he not suffer any ill-effects.

Defender Damien Delaney remains sidelined for around six weeks as he recovers from surgery to a stress fracture of his foot.

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