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Hobbs set for Spotland start

2 January 2015

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says Jack Hobbs is in his starting 11 for tomorrow’s FA Cup trip to Rochdale (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds face the League One side in the third round of the competition and, barring any late complications, Hobbs will make his first appearance since September’s East Midlands derby.

Speaking to Forest Player before training this morning, Pearce said: “Hobbs’ recovery has gone absolutely to plan. We haven’t rushed him back at all. 

“He’ll start in the game on Saturday if all goes well in training today. He’s content with how his ankle feels and his fitness levels.”

Pearce also revealed that Michael Mancienne and Matty Fryatt will be assessed after sustaining knocks in preparations for Forest’s first cup action since the Capital One Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur, a night memorable for Jorge Grant’s debut goal and the inclusion of youngsters Oliver Burke and Tyler Walker on the bench.

And the manager insists progression to the next round has been the only thing on his mind when pondering his selection for this weekend’s match.

Pearce said: “When we went down to Tottenham we had a look at one or two of the youngsters within the group – the Jorge Grants of this world.

“But I think this is a scenario where we need to win a game. We need to go down there and give a good account of ourselves and get through to the next round if we can.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Pearce also provides an update on Andy Reid’s fitness.

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