Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce could be in a position to welcome Matty Fryatt back into the fold for Saturday’s kids for a quid visit of Millwall.
The striker’s last appearance came in December’s defeat against Birmingham
at The City Ground, but he could be fit to face the Lions this weekend.
Speaking to Forest Player before training this morning, Pearce said: “Matty joined training on Tuesday so if all goes well over the next two days he’ll be available for the squad on Saturday.
“Dexter Blackstock’s due to join training today but we don’t think he’ll be available for the weekend because of the length of time he’s been out.
“Michael Mancienne is unfit at this moment in time – Saturday comes too soon for him.”
Forest face a Millwall side who sit third-bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and who have failed to win any of their last eight games.
The Reds will be desperate for a victory themselves as they look to start a run to propel them towards the playoff places.
And if they’re to do that, Pearce knows his side face a unique challenge in Ian Holloway’s side.
He said: “You have to compete against Millwall. Whenever I played against them at any level, they’ve had a DNA at the football club – ‘it’s us against the world’.
“That stays with them. You have to compete and win the battle.
“After that, you have to make sure your football’s good enough to come out on top.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Pearce reflects on Fulham and Tuesday’s Youth Cup success
, while also revealing which member of his squad looks set for a loan move to the Scottish Premier League.