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Billy’s Headache

12 April 2013

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies was pleased to tell Forest Player that he now has a virtually fully-fit squad to choose from.

Irish winger Stephen McLaughlin, who has an ankle injury, is the only absentee as The Reds head in to their final five games of the season – starting with Cardiff away on Saturday.

Davies said: “Everyone else is fresh and fit, which is excellent – but it gives me a headache! We’ve been playing senior players in the Under 21s for the last week or two and it’s been nice to get the likes of Marcus Tudgay some match practice.

“Our squad will be very important over the next five games and, with a little bit of luck, after that as well.”

With a long season almost behind his players, Davies admitted that he may employ a rotation policy to maintain energy within his ranks – but only if he deems it necessary.

He said: “We take each game on its merits – we don’t just rotate for the sake of it.

“I make changes when I speak to the medical department and when I consider people’s private lives – sometimes decisions are not just based on football.

“You also have to look at the age of the player and their history with injuries. All of these things are very important when it comes to making a decision.”

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