Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton says he will look to utilise the squad as the fixtures come thick and fast ahead of the trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The match at the Riverside is Forest’s fifth in 14 days and Hughton said the whole squad will have a part to play in the hectic schedule.
He said: “It has taken a lot out of the squad and it is all about the rest and recovery, with thoughts about the squad and whether we need to freshen up and rotate. These are the things that we need to think about for what is going to be a very difficult game.
“Probably the most important part of our game is making sure that the players who aren’t playing, that their training programmes for the next day and the next day is right because, with the amount of games we have got, we are going to need that kind of rotation.
“It is almost impossible, whatever type of players you have got and their durability, to play so many games. It is a really important part of the game and I can see that certainly for the next couple of games.”
Middlesbrough come into the game on the back of a seven game unbeaten run, something that Hughton acknowledges will make it a difficult task against Neil Warnock’s side.
He said: “It is never straight forward and never easy and they are in great form. They have a manager that knows the division and they have a team that can change formations.
“They have a lot of ability in the squad, we have had some tough tests so far and this may be the toughest one.
“I have come up against Neil a good few times, and hopefully a good few more to come as well.”