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Ward and Tesche return

4 December 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman has told Forest Player HD that Jamie Ward and Robert Tesche will be back in his squad for tomorrow’s match against Fulham.

Ward has been struggling with a tight back and missed last week’s win over Reading. The Northern Ireland international trained today, however, and is in his manager’s thoughts for tomorrow’s visit of Fulham.

Tesche has been unavailable since breaking his foot on the opening day of the season but is in ‘super condition’ and ‘in the squad tomorrow’ according to Freedman.

Jack Hobbs, however, is missing through suspension, and his manager accepts his absence is a blow.

Freedman said: “Jack’s been playing very well of late. He’s found his form over the last couple of months. He had a good pre-season and only now we’re starting to see him playing at the top of his game.

“He will be a miss for us but we’ve got some very capable centre halves to come in and hold their own.

“It’s a difficult one for us, but I’ll pick who I believe will help the team win the game on Saturday.”

Freedman also revealed Chris Cohen could feature in the Under 21s’ away fixture at Barnsley on 14 December, while Kyle Ebecilio is ‘working on his fitness levels’ following a ‘bad hamstring injury’.

Fulham will arrive at The City Ground tomorrow as the Championship’s leading goalscorers.

Ross McCormack, 2nd on ten, and Moussa Dembele, joint 5th on 8, are two of the league’s top scorers and Freedman has been looking at ways to defend against their potent partnership.

The manager said: “A lot of work has been done on the McCormack/Dembele combination. It’s a partnership that should put you at the top of the league. But obviously Fulham have got certain weaknesses – that’s why they’re not up there. We’re going to try to take advantage.

“I’m looking for the same energy levels we showed last week – I felt that was what got us into the game. The sheer desire of the Chris O’Gradys, Henri Lansburys, Vaughany and young Ben helped us get back into the game.

“If we can show the energy levels, our quality on the ball is always going to come to the top.

“I’m comfortable with our organisation and game plan.”

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