Sean O’Driscoll has confirmed that Simon Cox is very much in his thinking for tomorrow’s trip to Watford (kick-off 3pm).
The Reds boss decided not to involve the striker at Brighton last weekend after his quicker than expected recovery from a foot injury that surprised Forest’s medical experts.
But Cox has put in a full week’s work on the training ground which is likely to seal his place in O’Driscoll’s plans for the game at Vicarage Road.
“If needs be we could have included Simon in the 18 at Brighton,” the manager revealed.
“But on the back of a 2-0 win over Burnley and the fact that I changed the midfield to try and give us the best chance of getting a result, we felt giving him a week’s training would be more beneficial.
“He’s come back raring to go and that’s great news for everybody.”
Forest are inching closer to having a fully fit squad as they head towards the Christmas and New Year period, with Jermaine Jenas and Sam Hutchinson having taken significant steps forward in their rehabilitation programmes after calf and knee injuries respectively.
O’Driscoll explained: “JJ and Sam are back on the grass and it looks as though we might at some point get a full squad for what is a busy period.
“That would be the first time and if we can do that we will have genuine competition for places which will hopefully raise the quality.”