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28 February 2013

Nottingham Forest will go on the hunt for a third successive victory as they cross the border into South Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday (kick-off 5.20pm).

Both sides are in form - Wednesday haven’t lost in their last seven league matches and they beat high-flying Crystal Palace last weekend - but there will be few sides going into the weekend with more confidence than Billy Davies’ Reds, who will be hoping to recreate the performance which left Charlton without an answer at The Valley.

Greg Halford begins a two-match ban after picking up his tenth booking of the season at Charlton.

There is good news on the injury front, however, as Davies confirmed that defensive duo Sam Hutchinson and Daniel Ayala are both back in training and could be in contention within weeks.

Wednesday are not reporting any fresh concerns.

Forest - 19th
Sheffield Wednesday - 2nd (League One)

Marcus Tudgay

The Reds’ striker is currently receiving treatment on a broken collarbone which he sustained while on loan at Barnsley earlier in the season.

He joined Forest from this weekend’s opponents, Wednesday - originally on loan before completing a permanent switch in January 2011.

A product of Derby’s youth system, Tudgay maintained a healthy goalscoring record and picked up a number of personal accolades while at Hillsborough. But after 17 games in League One due to The Owls’ relegation at the end of the 2009-10 season he took the chance to step back into the Championship with Forest.

He has found first team opportunities difficult to come by at The City Ground this season, a fact which prompted his temporary move to Oakwell where he scored three goals in ten appearances before returning to Trentside for treatment.

Forest wins over Sheffield Wednesday: 50 (48 League, 2 FA Cup)
Sheffield Wednesday wins over Forest: 55 (48 League, 6 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)
Draws: 26 (23 League, 3 FA Cup)

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Referees: Marc Perry and Ian Hussin
Fourth Official: Gary Sutton

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