Much is at stake in Nottingham Forest’s final away match of the season at Millwall on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).The Reds are sitting two points outside the playoff places and will probably need a win if they are to take their season to the final day.
Millwall, who beat Forest 4-1 at The City Ground in November, are fighting their own battle at the other end of the table. The Lions are likely to avoid relegation but they will be hoping to confirm their safety sooner rather than later.
Gonzalo Jara Reyes has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Sam Hutchinson limped off against Barnsley and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be fit to face Kenny Jackett’s men. That could pave the way for Dan Harding to return to the reckoning – he is yet to feature under Billy Davies.
Darius Henderson will miss out on a return to his old team as he completes a three-match ban. Irish winger Stephen McLaughlin is another name who may be providing Davies with food for thought – he has picked up valuable minutes in recent Under 21s matches after recovering from an ankle problem.
Millwall will be without their influential midfielder Liam Trotter, who is out with a knee injury. Defensive duo Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry are both suspended. Their defensive ranks could be bolstered, however, by the return from injury of on-loan Leicester man Sean St Ledger.
Forest – 19th
Millwall – 16th
The imposing front man joined Forest from this weekend’s opponents, Millwall for an undisclosed fee in January. He has impressed in his ten appearances so far, scoring twice, but a red card against Cardiff earlier this month has ruled him out of a return to his former club on Saturday.
He joined The Lions ahead of the 2010-11 season and finished his first campaign at The Den as top scorer with 15 goals.
Having begun his career at Reading, the experienced striker has also played for Gillingham, Watford and Sheffield United.
Forest wins over Millwall: 18 (17 League, 1 FA Cup)
Millwall wins over Forest: 22 (19 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 18 (17 League, 1 League Cup)
Referee: Kevin Wright
Assistants: David Margetts and Lee Venamore
Fourth Official: Carl Brook