Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Dorus de Vries says he’ll be ready to play a part at Bournemouth if called upon.In Karl Darlow’s absence, the Dutchman was handed his first league start for the club at Leeds on Easter Monday but was forced off on 80 minutes with the same calf problem he encountered in the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Preston North End.
While a long-term solution is being investigated, de Vries insists he will be fit for the trip to the south coast.
Speaking this afternoon to Forest Player, he said: “I’m fine now. I trained today and there’s a little bit of muscle soreness but, whether Darlow is fit or not, I’ll be ready again.
“I was disappointed for Karl but it was good to get out there against Leeds. It had been a couple of months since my last game so it was nice to be back between the sticks and to be part of a good win and clean sheet.
“Karl had some treatment on his shoulder earlier this week and it’s now just about seeing how he feels.”
De Vries and his teammates go into Saturday’s match knowing a win would take their race for a playoff place to the final day. And, although his immediate focus is on the trip to The Goldsands Stadium, the keeper says keeping the season alive until the final day would be a good achievement.
De Vries said: “We didn’t want the season to slip by, which is why the win against Birmingham was so important. We picked up another good three points at Leeds and all of a sudden you can see shifts in the league table. We’re right in there and, whatever happens in the next couple of games, at least we didn’t give up.
“We’ll go down to Bournemouth and be positive, just as we did against Leeds. We’ll give it our all and hope for a great outcome, leaving an interesting final game of the season.”
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