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Lamouchi on QPR

25 November 2019

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Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi has some fresh options available for the trip to QPR as he confirms three players are available for selection after injury.

Alfa Semedo, Carl Jenkinson and Yohan Benalouane are all set to travel to London with the squad, with Lamouchi keen to keep as many options open for The Reds as possible on Wednesday night.

Ryan Yates’s red card at Bristol City means that he will serve a three-match suspension, opening the door for someone to take his spot in the team.

He said: “Alfa Semedo, Carl Jenkinson and Yohan Benalouane are available to come with us in London.

“Benalouane is important for the team and important for me to have one more solution. He is ready to travel with us because he is training with us but I think it may be too early for him to play from the beginning or for a short time.

“Yuri Ribeiro needs one or two days more so we hope for Cardiff he will be fit and ready.”

He added: “I spoke with Ryan this morning and of course he was upset and disappointed but he is young. He likes this club, this team and this game and sometimes it is exciting but it was a bad and stupid foul and a logical red card.

“He will learn because he is smart and very young. I am not worried bout him. He put the team in trouble but himself too because he will be out for three games, what happens after that we do not know.

“We will see if he is a big miss, but I try to speak about the players ready to play. We have some problems and I need to find the solution.”

QPR are managed by former Forest manager Mark Warburton and Lamouchi is well aware of their style of play ahead of the trip to the capital.

“It will be very tough,” he said. “They have a small stadium, a small pitch but a good team. They play attractive football and score a lot.

“They have a good striker and good single players so we need to be ready. With the same spirit, we can disturb them and maybe we need to be more patient and with more quality in the last pass we can do something different.

“We know which kind of teams we will face and the manager of QPR is an ex-manager here, he plays attractive football and the way he wants to play is positive. But we will face a tough team so we need to be ready for that and we have the same three days later against Cardiff, then against Millwall. Every game in the Championship is a new story but they are all tough.”  

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