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Team news: Forest vs Stoke

21 July 2020

The latest from the Nottingham Forest dressing room ahead of the final-day clash with Stoke City at The City Ground.

Sabri Lamouchi still has injury doubts ahead of the final game of the regular season but is hopeful that some of his key players will be available for selection.

Brice Samba and Matty Cash missed the defeat at Barnsley on the weekend through injury, with Joe Lolley an unused substitute and Sammy Ameobi only playing the closing stages at Oakwell.

With a final training session on Tuesday afternoon before the game, Lamouchi was hopeful that there would be some positive news surround those injury doubts.

He said: "Today we have training and we will check everybody and we will take the best decisions.

“We have a session this afternoon and we will check all the players, but especially who is a small doubt, because it is an important game tomorrow.

“Of course we need them fresh, fresh mentally and fresh physically. At this moment it is not easy but it is not easy for us and it is not easy for the opponent."

Should Samba and Cash be available, Jordan Smith and Carl Jenkinson are set to deputise again while Lamouchi is expected to revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation having played a three-man defence at Barnsley.

Opposition team news

There are question marks surrounding top scorer Sam Clucas ahead of tomorrow night's match. The Stoke captain had to undergo a fitness test before Saturday's win at Brentford and manager Michael O'Neill has implied that he could be rested for the match against The Reds.

Nick Powell also recovered from a knock in the midweek draw with Bristol City previously to play on the weekend and is set to be involved again, while Jack Butland is fit again after a neck injury.

Joe Allen, Ryan Shawcross and Thibaud Verlinden remain absent. 

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