Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce will finalise his team selection for the Blackpool match after training today.He will run the rule over his players this morning before telling them who will be in his starting line-up for tomorrow’s curtain-raiser.
And while Eric Lichaj, Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan won’t be fit enough for consideration, Pearce hasn’t ruled out the inclusion of Chris Cohen and Jack Hobbs, nor new signings Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio.
Speaking to Forest Player, Pearce said: “Everybody has a chance as long as they’re fit.
“Cohen and Hobbs have been on the pitch twice but whether it’s too soon for them is debatable. We’ll have a chat with the players and see how training pans out.”
The Reds boss also revealed Dexter Blackstock is making good progress in his recovery from a long-term injury, although the striker is still “well over a month away” from making a return to action.
Pearce’s opposite number Jose Riga has endured a tumultuous summer and Forest’s manager says both clubs’ heavy activity in the transfer market will make tomorrow’s starting 11s hard to predict.
He said: “If you’re not sure what team Blackpool are going to put out, chances are you’re not sure what team Nottingham Forest are going to put out because of the players who have come in and gone out of the club.
“Blackpool have signed a lot of players. What does that tell you? They have a lot of players with a lot to prove.
“Some of them have been freed by clubs and it’s a great opportunity for them to put themselves in the shop window in a fantastically competitive league.”