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Team news for Hull

8 March 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill has provided the latest team news ahead of Saturday's game against Hull City.

Several members of the first-team squad featured in Monday's Under 23s match with Pele, Molla Wague, Karim Ansarifard, Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves all getting valuable minutes under their belts as they look to be involved on Saturday.

Jack Robinson is a definite absentee for The Reds as he serves a suspension having accumulated 10 bookings following his yellow card at Stoke last weekend, with Ben Osborn or Saidy Janko likely to deputise at left back.

O'Neill has also provided an update on the latest injuries at The City Ground:

O'Neill on Lewis Grabban

"I think it will be too early but he is making good progress. He is responding well and has had another injection and is doing well. I am not a medic but I have asked them and it is a difficult one to gauge at the minute but he himself has said that it is getting better by the day. It is good to hear as he is important for us, he is a natural goalscorer and with the run-in we have, the sooner we can get him back the better for us.

"Achilles are those type of injuries that probably need proper rest and in a football season, when do you get that time? Of course, it is irking him and these things are sore.

"He is doing a lot of work inside and we will get him out onto the grass as soon as we can. If he comes back for us and doesn't break down again, that can only be good news for us."

O'Neill on Matty Cash

"He also has an Achilles problem although slightly different to Lewis. He stayed out of training today [Thursday] but I am hoping that he can make it tomorrow.

"He is absolutely desperate to play, he really is and he is really keen. He trained a couple of days last week, felt it again and he wants to train. His level of natural fitness is pretty good so I have less worries about him really."

O'Neill on Sam Byram

"He is training with us and he has trained progressively. He has trained with us for the last week and some of the heavier stuff he is not involved in, but he is doing well and I would say he is not a million miles away.

"When he is ready, he will play with the Under 23s and will make that kind of progression. Seemingly, he is not as far away as I thought when I first came to the club. I probably thought we might not see him at all this season but he is doing really well."

O'Neill on Hillal Soudani

"It is good news that he is progressing. He is away recuperating but I would be very surprised if we see him before the end of the season. It would be a terrific surprise, however."

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