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Kyle in contention

21 August 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman hopes to include new signing Kyle Ebecilio in his squad for tomorrow’s trip to Bolton.

The Dutch midfielder arrived in England yesterday to complete a deal which will see him spend the rest of the 2015-16 season at The City Ground on loan from FC Twente.

And Freedman says Ebecilio could be involved at the Macron Stadium tomorrow.

The manager told Forest Player HD: “Fitness-wise he’s good so hopefully he’ll be in the squad.

“I watched him a lot when he was younger. He went over to FC Twente and played 60-odd games. He’s got good experience.

“He’s an all-round midfielder who can score goals and he’s a tough cookie as well. He’s young, he’s hungry and he fits the profile I’m after.

“We worked very hard – lots of flights over to Amsterdam airport to meet up with his people and get the deal done.”

While Ebecilio is likely to be on tomorrow’s teamsheet if he is granted international clearance in time, Jamie Ward won’t be.

The attacking midfielder suffered a hamstring injury in the midweek draw with Charlton Athletic and, while Freedman is unsure how long Ward will be unavailable, he confirmed the player will not make the trip to Lancashire.

Dexter Blackstock will undergo a late fitness test on a rib problem but the manager had better news to report on Michail Antonio.

Freedman said: “Back into the squad comes Michail.

“I just felt the other night the mindset wasn’t quite there. I’ve been there as a player before and I had to do what was best for the team.

“Michail was good about it. He understood my decision. He’s cleared his mind and is back in the squad looking sharp.”

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