|Nottingham Forest 0 v 1 Swansea City|
Sunday, 29th November 2020 Kick-off 12:00
Nottingham Forest v Swansea City Sunday Supplement Pre Match Teams
Sunday, 29th Nov 2020 10:00 by Steph Thomas @ City Ground for Swans Independent
Good morning everyone ! Make no bones about it Forest are struggling and are in desperate need of a win. New manager Chris Hughton is earmarking this game as the kick start to getting his side up the table, and the swans recent visits to the city ground have hardly been fruitful.
It’s overcast here in Nottingham, but this has always been a great trip for the Jack Army. it’s such a shame today the travelling thousands haven’t enjoyed a great Saturday night out in Nottingham centre before a hearty breakfast and early kick off. It’s LIVE on SKY Sports today as well as numerous channels on the Matchday thread. BBC Radio Nottingham will also bring you commentary along with Radio Wales.
Team news at 11am this morning
The latest from the Nottingham Forest dressing room ahead of todays match against Swansea City at The City Ground
Chris Hughton confirmed that Gaetan Bong and Luke Freeman will both be absent from Sunday's squad through injury. Bong pulled out just before the defeat against Bournemouth having picked up a slight injury in the warm-up, while Freeman was also missing with a slight knock. Both players' injuries are not serious and could return next week. There was positive news as Joe Worrall, Tyler Blackett, Samba Sow, Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson all trained with the squad on Friday as they continue their recoveries from injury, but Hughton admitted that it may be too soon to see them in action today.
Hughton said: "We have had some relatively long-termers back training. It has been a positive couple of days with Joe Worrall, Tyler Blackett and Samba Sow training today, also Lewis Grabban and Michael Dawson training as well. "That is the positive bit, but how long it will take them to get up to speed, particularly the first two in Joe and Tyler because they have been out for a while, remains to be seen. It is good to see them back out on the training pitch and it gives everybody a lift."
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The swans travelled up to Nottingham yesterday afternoon with a full side bar the exception of only Gibbs-White. Light training yesterday evening and a team briefing followed. This morning the swans will arrive early at the ground and prepare in the dressing room areas, Not ideal but it’s a very early kick off. if this was a later kick off the side would train outside of Nottingham. Everyone else has travelled as expected including George Byers. Viktor Gyökeres and Jordon Garrick have returned to training having completed a period of self-isolation following positive Coivd-19 tests, and are in contention for Sunday's game. The Swans are continuing to manage the fitness of Andre Ayew and Marc Guehi following their hamstring injuries and both could be involved at The City Ground. Gyökeres will feel he is sure to start, however his recent covid positive test has seen little of him training at Swansea as he has been in Sweden in isolation. Garrick may feature on the bench, but that is the best he can hope for.
Injured: Joe Worrall, Tyler Blackett, Fouad Bachirou, Samba Sow, Lewis Grabban
Injured: Morgan Gibbs-White
Nottingham Forest vs Swansea City Head-to-Head
News from SwanseaCity.com
And they have shown no shortage of character in ensuring they keep picking up points.
Just in the two games since the recent international break they have shown the grit to see off a late Rotherham rally, before launching a second-half fightback to secure a point – which could have been three – against Sheffield Wednesday. Head coach Steve Cooper has made clear his desire for the Swans to look to dominate games with the ball, but also that the squad must be prepared to battle on the days when things are not going their way. And Smith wants to see those qualities carried forward in this busy spell up to Christmas and New Year.
Today’s game kicks off at midday and is on Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest: Brice Samba, Cyrus Christie, Tobias Figueiredo, Yuri Ribeiro, Jack Colback (captain), Sammy Ameobi, Miguel Guerrero, Ryan Yates, Scott McKenna, Anthony Knockaert, Lyle Taylor.
Substitutes: Jordan Smith, Loic Soh, Carl Jenkinson, Alex Mighten, Cafu, Joe Lolley, Harry Arter, Nicolas Ioannou, Will Swan.
Swansea City: Freddie Woodman; Kyle Naughton, Ryan Bennett, Marc Guehi; Connor Roberts, Korey Smith, Jay Fulton, Matt Grimes (captain), Jake Bidwell; Andre Ayew, Jamal Lowe.
Substitutes: Steven Benda, Ryan Manning, Jordon Garrick, Ben Cabango, Kasey Palmer, Liam Cullen, Wayne Routledge, Viktor Gyokeres, Yan Dhanda.
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