David Vaughan has a 50/50 chance of playing at Reading tomorrow, according to Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies.The Sunderland loanee was given a standing ovation by supporters after an excellent performance on his return from injury against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, but missed Sunday’s victory over Leeds with a thigh problem.
Forest head to Berkshire tomorrow in pursuit of a third successive win and whether Vaughan will be involved remains to be seen.
The Reds boss, who confirmed Danny Collins, Kelvin Wilson and Chris Cohen as long-term absentees, in addition to the suspended Darius Henderson, told nottinghamforest.co.uk: “David is a very influential player. We’ll keep working with him and try and get him back into team as quickly as possible.”
A dip in The Royals’ recent form has seen them slip to 9th in the Sky Bet Championship, five points behind 5th-placed Forest. And, while Nigel Adkins’ men will be doing their best to reduce the gap between the two sides, Forest’s manager says his side are going into the match in fine spirits.
Speaking to Forest Player after the Leeds victory, he said: “It doesn’t matter where our opposition are in the table. We have good players with great energy and work ethic, and when you have that you go into every game confident.
“I told the substitutes before the Leeds game that they will be very important over the next few weeks. We will need their fresh input, energy and enthusiasm.”