Nottingham Forest travel to Hull City’s KC Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) in pursuit of their sixth successive win.But if they are to emerge from East Yorkshire with the points they must see off a Tigers side prowling the automatic promotion places.
Billy Sharp has trained all week after recovering from a chest infection. Fellow striker Darius Henderson has also been making good progress after shrugging off a slight knee problem.
Daniel Ayala and Dan Harding have both continued their recoveries but doubts remain over Dexter Blackstock who departed the field early against Wolves with a hamstring injury.
Young winger Stephen McLaughlin will definitely miss Saturday’s trip after being ruled out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.
Forest - 19th
Hull – 8th
The Ghana-born midfielder made over 50 league appearances for this weekend’s opponents before leaving The KC Stadium upon The Tigers’ relegation from the Premier League in 2010.
He joined Forest a year later but only managed five league appearances under Steve McLaren, who he had previously worked with at Middlesbrough. His one and only goal came in the form of a 94th minute equaliser at home to Leicester City.
The Holland international’s career began with Excelsior and he also played out spells with Coventry, Aston Villa and Greek side Skoda Xanthi.
Forest wins over Hull: 27 (26 League, 1 FA Cup)
Hull wins over Forest: 24 (23 League, 1 FA Cup)
Draws: 8 (League)
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Andy Newbold and Geoff Law
Fourth Official: Billy Khatib