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The City Ground (ATT 27,356) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 13:00 Ref: S Mathieson

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Derby County Derby

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A Reid (pen 5)

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F Fielding (S/O 2)
J Ward (29)
J Hendrick (72)

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Anderson: Fitness race for Forest

Anderson: Fitness race for Forest

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Nottingham Forest and Derby at the City Ground (kick-off 1pm).

Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren is waiting on the fitness of a quartet of players.

Midfielders Paul Anderson (calf) and George Boateng and strikers Robbie Findley and Marcus Tudgay were all absent through injury as the Reds slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Southampton last weekend.

McClaren, a former assistant manager at Derby under Jim Smith in the late 1990s, will keep a close eye on their progress before finalising his squad.

Forest will definitely be without long-term absentees Dexter Blackstock and Gareth McCleary.

Derby will make a late decision on whether Nathan Tyson will face his former club.

The forward, who made the move along the A52 on a free transfer in the summer, has yet to play for the Rams after sustaining a groin injury during pre-season.

Tyson came through 60 minutes of a behind-closed-doors game against Leicester on Tuesday afternoon unscathed and scored in his side's 3-2 defeat. He is likely to be on the bench if he is included in the squad.

"We will see how he is but in the first three months of the season he has been available for about three weeks, so he has still got a bit of catching up to do," said manager Nigel Clough.

Steve Davies has been struggling with a back problem and could be rested, with Theo Robinson taking his place in the starting line-up at the City Ground.

James Bailey missed the defeat at Coventry last weekend after suffering an ankle injury in training and the midfielder is not expected to return until after the two-week international break in October.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13