David Vaughan unlikely to be pressed into a Nottingham Forest return against Sheffield United


Nottingham Forest have missed David Vaughan – but his absence is not an excuse for the Reds’ recent run of form, says Mark Warburton.

The experienced midfielder is unlikely to be pressed into action to face Sheffield United this weekend, as Forest look to address a run of five defeats in six Championship games.

That run has coincided with 34-year-old Vaughan’s groin injury, which stretched on for longer than the club had hoped for.

But, while he is delighted at the prospect of seeing the former Wales international return to action when Forest head to Derby in a few weeks, Warburton says good players have stepped in to fill the void in the meantime.

“David is a very talented player, he is a senior pro and one of the mainstays of the team. But people have come in and they have done a very good job,” said Warburton, who could have three injured players returning to face the Rams.

“Liam Bridcutt and Andreas Bouchalakis have played – good players have come in and done a good job.

Andreas Bouchalakis looks to play a pass

“David is a valuable member of the squad, he is a very experienced, talented player and, of course, you can never have too many of those.

“David is very near – he will be available for Derby. He will have two weeks of training, which is what he needs. If there was a cup final tomorrow, we might risk him.

“But it would be a risk. He has trained well, he will train again tomorrow and I am sure he will be available for the Derby game, when we return after the international break.

“Jamie Ward and Matty Cash will return to full training with the squad on Monday and Tuesday, so they will be back in the fold and available for Derby. Chris Cohen is continuing his rehabilitation.”

Forest will be without Matt Mills for the game against the Blades, with the defender having picked up his fifth booking of the campaign – and a one-match suspension.

Eric Lichaj and Jack Hobbs at Stamford Bridge

“We have options, we have Jack Hobbs, we have Danny Fox – we have the options of a different formation – we have Eric Lichaj. There is no shortage of options defensively,” said Warburton, who says he sees some familiar traits in this weekend’s opponents, United.

“They are a similar team to us when we were at Brentford. They have a unity, they have harmony and they also have a bit of fearlessness. They go for it and there is a real unity within their squad that we will respect – but also deal with, hopefully.

“We have that unity ourselves. There is no lack of unity or togetherness here. We did not take our chances on Tuesday night – but there is no lack of unity.”



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