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Team news: Cardiff

16 October 2014

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has revealed two players who were struggling for fitness before the break are back in contention for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff.

Kelvin Wilson, who was forced off the field early against Ipswich Town, and David Vaughan, who suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up ahead of last month’s match against Brighton, will both travel to the Welsh capital.

Pearce told Forest Player: “Kelvin picked up a bug of some description which really knocked his lights out. He went straight home and slept for 24 hours. What was in his system we don’t know, but he’s fully recovered now.

“Vaughany has worked with the physios and conditioning people and has been training this week. He’s looked very sharp and he’ll certainly be in the squad for Cardiff unless we have any adverse reaction.”

Pearce was also pleased to report that Chris Burke and Jamaal Lascelles have returned unharmed from their respective duties with Scotland and England’s Under 21s.

Burke was an unused substitute as the Scots beat Georgia and drew with Poland, while Lascelles was called upon by Roy Hodgson to join in with senior training during his time away.

Pearce said: “That’s fantastic experience for Jamaal. He’s part of a squad that’s got to the Under 21 finals and we’re delighted for him.

“Chris has been away with Scotland and they’ve nicked a couple of good results. Chris is a great professional – he’s impressed me so much. Sometimes you sign players and you know what you’re getting but it’s not until you work with them on a daily basis that you realise how professional some individuals are.”

Click here to watch the full interview with Stuart Pearce on Forest Player.

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