Nottingham Forest face the first of successive away games in the run-up to Christmas against Brighton at The Amex Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).Sean O’Driscoll’s men will make the long trip to the south coast boosted by last weekend’s win over Burnley which came after back-to-back defeats.
They are just a point outside the top six, level on points with Gus Poyet’s Brighton who drew 2-2 at Charlton in their last outing.
Greg Halford is back in contention after missing four games with a calf problem, while Simon Cox is pushing to be involved after making a quicker than expected recovery from his foot injury.
It was anticipated that the striker would be out for up to two months but he has declared himself fit for duty after just a three-game lay-off.
Despite that good news, Sean O’Driscoll has hinted the Republic of Ireland international is unlikely to be risked so soon.
The Reds will still be without Sam Hutchinson (knee) and Jermaine Jenas (calf).
Brighton have doubts surrounding right back Bruno, who has rib and calf injuries, and have put Inigo Calderon on standby to deputise for him.
Forest - 19th
Brighton – 10th
The Welsh international began his career at this weekend’s opponents, Brighton, where his inclusion in their successful FA Youth Cup squad propelled him into the first team reckoning.
He found opportunities limited, however, and joined Forest, initially on loan in 2008, before making his move permanent the following season.
The defender made 80 league appearances for The Reds, many of which were at left back, before joining Huddersfield last summer upon the expiration of his contract.
He faced Sean O’Driscoll’s side in the 1-1 draw at The Galpharm Stadium in August.
Forest wins over Brighton: 13 (11 League; 2 League Cup)
Brighton wins over Forest: 7 (7 League)
Draws: 7 (6 League; 1 League Cup)
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Alexandra Ihringova and Jake Hillier
Fourth Official: Darren Blunden