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Eastick announces injury boost

26 September 2014

Nottingham Forest have received an injury boost ahead of Saturday’s visit of Brighton.

Jack Hunt, who limped off during the first half of last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Millwall, is back in contention according to first-team coach Brian Eastick, who also provided Forest Player with an update on Andy Reid, Jack Hobbs and Matty Fryatt.

He said: “Hunty will be fine. He trained with us today and he’s up for selection, no problem.

“Reidy certainly won’t be up for consideration on Saturday and I don’t think he’ll be considered for Wigan (Tuesday 30 September). We need to be a little bit patient with Andy at the moment.

“It was good to see Jack Hobbs out on the training ground today (Friday). He didn’t join in with full training but he was working with the medical staff and the sports science department. He was showing good mobility and he had a smile on his face, so that’s looking promising.

“Matty worked with Jimmy Gilligan’s Under 21s and will be back in full training next week.”

Forest take on a Brighton side who have made a sluggish start to the campaign under new manager Sami Hyypia.

Last season’s play-off semi-finalists will arrive on Trentside having not taken a win from their last four Sky Bet Championship matches.

But they secured a convincing 3-0 victory in their midweek Capital One Cup tie at Burton Albion, and Eastick is aware of the threat they pose.

He said: “Brighton have a ‘DNA’ of playing good football. They’re a 4-3-3 team and I think their midfield three will rotate a lot. They will try to play their way through the pitch as much as they can.

“But, like a lot of teams who come to The City Ground, I think they’ll defend a little bit deep and bank up against us to some extent. We need to make sure we’re patient enough and have the guile to break that down.

“You’ve always got to be wary of the counter attack but we need to take the game to the opposition.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Eastick reflects on the trip to Tottenham and provides his thoughts on Wednesday’s debutant Oliver Burke.

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