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Late checks for Mancienne and Wilson

7 April 2016

Nottingham Forest head coach Paul Williams could have Michael Mancienne and Kelvin Wilson at his disposal for Monday’s match against Brighton.

Mancienne sustained an ankle injury against Brentford last weekend while his replacement Wilson left the field in the first half of Tuesday night’s match at Reading.

And Williams says he and the medical staff will run the rule over both players’ fitness in the coming days.

The coach told Forest Player HD: “Michael’s been in the gym this morning working hard and we’re just taking it day by day. Hopefully he’ll be ready for Monday.

“Kelvin was on the massage table today – I think he’s still struggling with his back, so that’s something we’ll assess at the weekend.”

Williams had praise for Danny Fox, who the coach said produced a ‘whole-hearted and honest performance’ when he replaced Wilson at the Madejski Stadium.

Fox could occupy that unfamiliar position again should Mancienne nor Wilson be available, while young centre back Joe Worrall has been recalled from a successful loan at League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge.

Williams said: “With Michael and Kelvin’s injury doubts I thought it would be sensible to bring Joe back. He’s done really well at Dagenham and he’s come back a man.

“If he hadn’t gone on loan and had he only been playing under 21s football it would have been a bigger gap, but the fact he’s had that experience now and that he’s been focused and playing well at Dagenham means he can bridge the gap a bit better.”

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