N Forest v Ipswich preview

Team news ahead of Nottingham Forest's Championship clash with Ipswich at the City Ground on Saturday.

Last Updated: 18/11/11 at 14:32

Sonko: Missing for Town

Sonko: Missing for Town

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

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.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Friday, 31 October 2014
19:45
Norwich v Bolton  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
12:15
Wolves v Birm'ham  
15:00
Blackburn v Reading  
Blackpool v Ipswich  
Brentford v Derby  
Cardiff v Leeds  
Charlton v Sheff Wed  
Huddsf'ld v N Forest  
Rotherham v M'boro  
Watford v Millwall  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Derby 14 12 26
2 Watford 14 11 26
3 Wolves 14 6 26
4 B'mouth 14 14 24
5 M'boro 14 7 24
6 Norwich 14 10 23
7 N Forest 14 7 22
8 Blackburn 14 1 22
9 Charlton 14 1 22
10 Ipswich 14 4 21
11 Cardiff 14 1 19
12 Sheff Wed 14 0 19
13 Brentford 14 -3 19
14 Reading 14 -5 18
15 Millwall 14 -2 17
16 Rotherham 14 -3 17
17 Huddsf'ld 14 -6 17
18 Leeds 14 -4 16
19 Wigan 14 -1 15
20 Fulham 14 -6 14
21 Brighton 14 -3 13
22 Bolton 14 -11 11
23 Birm'ham 14 -16 11
24 Blackpool 14 -14 6

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

Footer 365

La Liga: Carlo Ancelotti praises 'professional' Real Madrid after 3-1 Barcelona win

Carlo Ancelotti praised Real Madrid's "unique professionalism" after they came from a goal down to beat Barcelona.

Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino says Alan Pardew deserves more respect

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits it is tough not to feel sorry for Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew.

La Liga: Luis Enrique stands by Luis Suarez selection after Barcelona defeat

Luis Enrique defended his decision to start Luis Suarez against Real Madrid after his team slumped to a 3-1 defeat.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property