Nottingham Forest vs Wigan Athletic - Danny Fox return increases Forest options for Wigan clash



Posted Thursday, January 24, 2019 by PA

Nottingham Forest vs Wigan Athletic - Danny Fox return increases Forest options for Wigan clash

Danny Fox is back in contention for Nottingham Forest as they prepare to host Wigan.

Fox’s return after a one-match ban slightly eases manager Martin O’Neill’s defensive problems, although Tendayi Darikwa is still suspended and Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele remain injured, while Tobias Figueiredo is also struggling.

O’Neill’s first game in charge did not go as planned as Forest were beaten 1-0 at home by Bristol City last weekend. The Northern Irishman opted for a 4-4-2 formation, with Daryl Murphy and Lewis Grabban up front, but reverting to a lone striker could be an option against Wigan.

Something else for O’Neill to consider is a recall for club record signing Joao Carvalho, who has been left on the bench for the last two matches.

Wigan have a host of injury issues, with key men Nick Powell and Will Grigg heading a list of players struggling for fitness.

Playmaker Powell is nursing a calf problem while striker Grigg, who remains a transfer target for League One promotion hopefuls Sunderland, looks likely to miss the trip to the City Ground with an ankle injury.

Anthony Pilkington (ankle), Cedric Kipre and Gavin Massey are also doubts for the Latics, who have won just five points on their travels this season.

Left-back Antonee Robinson is not expected to be back in contention until February as he continues his rehabilitation following ankle surgery.

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