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18 October 2012

The Reds are back in action this weekend as they take on table-topping Cardiff City (Saturday, 3pm).

Sean O’Driscoll’s men got back to winning ways before the international break with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough at London Road, but will have to be at their best if they are to earn back-to-back wins on Saturday.

Malky Mackay’s Bluebirds are a point clear at the top and have won their last three matches.

Forest’s international contingent returned from their respective duties unscathed.

Henri Lansbury, Jermaine Jenas and Sam Hutchinson participated in light training during the week, but are doubts for the game, while Marcus Tudgay is back in full training as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.

Dexter Blackstock will serve the last of his three-game ban after his dismissal against Derby.

Craig Bellamy will face a late fitness test on a knee injury which has kept him out since he scored at home to Birmingham at the start of the month.

Mackay has also confirmed that Jordan Mutch and Tommy Smith will travel.

Forest - 19th
Cardiff – 6th (Lost to West Ham in Play-Off semi-finals)

Chris Gunter

Newport-born Gunter began his career with our opponents, Cardiff – the club he had supported as a youngster.

Having worked his way through the ranks after signing as an eight-year-old, the wing back made his senior debut in August 2006 – a Carling Cup defeat at home to Barnet.

He went on to make 16 appearances for The Bluebirds that season, at the end of which he became Cardiff’s youngest ever player to play for Wales (v New Zealand, aged 17).

His performances continued to win acclaim, and he secured a move to Premier League side Tottenham in January 2008.

He made 16 appearances for Spurs, tasting Europa League football along the way, before joining Forest on loan in March 2009 – a move which would become permanent that summer.

He was ever-present over the course of his three-year spell at The City Ground and was named in the PFA Team of the Year in his debut season.

He followed in the footsteps of Garath McCleary when he joined newly-promoted Reading this summer. He has so far made four Premier League appearances for the struggling Royals.

Forest wins over Cardiff: 13 (12 League, 1 FA Cup)
Cardiff wins over Forest: 21 (20 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 10 (League)

Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistant Referees: Jason Whiteley and Danny Gratton
Fourth Official: Robert Atkin  

Tickets for the Cardiff game are available via the usual outlets – in-person at The City Ground Ticket Office; on-line at www.nffcretail.com or by calling 0871 226 1980 (calls are charged at 10p per minute, mobile rates may vary).

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