Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has told Forest Player that there is ‘fierce competition’ for places ahead of Saturday’s trip to Yeovil Town (kick-off 3pm).Gonzalo Jara took the place of the suspended Eric Lichaj for the draw with Bournemouth, and The Reds’ boss admits he will face a selection headache when the American becomes available again this weekend.
He said: “We like to have good competition in the side and I believe the competition is fierce in all positions. It has been a disjointed start to the season for Gonzo but he performed well last weekend so there’s a decision to make there.”
The manager will be without the services of Henri Lansbury and Danny Collins, through suspension and injury respectively, but believes their absence will serve as a golden opportunity for other members of the squad.
He said: “Suspensions are a part of football and we know that we’ll pick up yellow cards through the course of a season. The discipline at this football club is in the right place and we’re happy with that.
“Danny did sustain ankle ligament damage and that will keep him out for a couple of weeks. That is a massive shame because he was playing so well, but that’s why we have a squad of players. It gives an opportunity to others.”
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Saturday’s hosts will be without loanee Fraser Fyvie, who has returned to Wigan after suffering a shoulder injury in last weekend’s draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Gary Johnson has no other injury concerns, but it remains to be seen whether last season’s star striker Paddy Madden has done enough to convince his manager that he is worthy of a place in the squad after being left out of The Glovers’ 18 in their last match, a 0-0 draw with The Seagulls.