Andy Reid could be in contention for a return to the Nottingham Forest squad for this evening’s Championship clash with Ipswich at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm).But The Reds will again be without Greg Halford and Jermaine Jenas, who have been joined on the sidelines by Simon Cox.
Reid missed Saturday’s win at Wolves after feeling some discomfort in a hamstring against Sheffield Wednesday a week earlier.
But boss Sean O’Driscoll has revealed the experienced midfielder may be in his plans for the meeting with Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich.
“It wasn’t a hamstring strain,” he told us. “Hamstrings are weird and wonderful muscles and if you can catch them right they don’t pull and you can be back in two or three days.
“The danger is carrying on when you feel something and then you pull it but Andy used his experience and came off straight away.
“He trained yesterday and we’ll see how he is this morning but he’s in contention. He’ll definitely be ok for Saturday but the Ipswich game may come too soon – we’ll wait and see.”
Republic of Ireland striker Cox is facing a lengthy spell out with the ankle injury he sustained at Wolves on Saturday. Dexter Blackstock is likely to replace him in the front-line alongside Billy Sharp.
Halford and Jenas are both nursing calf injuries and have not made the trip to Suffolk.
Ipswich will be without Nigel Reo-Coker (hamstring). Boss McCarthy has confirmed his place in midfield will go to Luke Hyam, while striker striker Tyrone Barnett is set to make his debut following his arrival on loan from Peterborough last week.