Armand Traore and Danny Fox both injury doubts for Nottingham Forest at Hull City


Nottingham Forest are sweating on the fitness of both Armand Traore and fellow defender Danny Fox ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hull City.

The former was forced off in the first half of last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Burton Albion with a hamstring injury, while his Reds team-mate is also suffering with “a knock”.

If both are unable to face the Tigers that could see Forest change their formation and revert to three at the back, after sticking with a four-man defence at the City Ground.

Whatever happens, boss Mark Warburton is confident his squad has the strength in depth to cope, but says if Traore is fit, he will play.

“Danny Fox took a knock, so we’ll see how he is and there are one or two other niggles, but we’ll see how we are in the next 24 or 48 hours,” said Warburton.

“Last week, the wind and the rain took its toll, so we’ll see how we are come Saturday.

“Armand is one of those who we’ll see how he is. We’re assessing it.

Danny Fox in action for Nottingham Forest against Burton Albion

“He’s been out with the physios this morning on the grass. We’ll assess it and see how he is.

“You’ve got to be so careful. If you come back too early from those type of injuries, it can be six to eight weeks. But, also, you don’t want to be too hesitant or too nervous. If the player is fit, he plays. If Armand is fit, he’ll play on Saturday.”

Fox moved across to left-back to cover for Traore’s absence against the Brewers, with Joe Worrall coming off the bench to fill in at centre-back alongside Michael Mancienne. Matt Mills, meanwhile, featured for a strong Under-23s side which drew with Crewe Alexandra earlier in the week.

“We’ve got a squad and we’ve got options. You have to have that,” said Warburton.

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“Sometimes everyone’s fit and you’ve got nice but difficult decisions to make and other times you have a spate of injuries which you have to deal with.

“As a squad, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got strength in depth. It causes frustration (for the players left out) at times, but it gives you the cover that you need.”

Having kept a clean sheet for only the third time this season last weekend, Warburton would perhaps have been keen to avoid tinkering with his line-up too much.

And he admits not always being able to field the same side does cause frustration.

“It is frustrating, and that’s why I talk about communication with the fans because the more they know, the more they understand the situation,” he said.

“People say, ‘why isn’t Jack Hobbs playing?’. He’s injured, it’s as simple as that. ‘But why didn’t you tell us he was injured?’. Well, if I tell you on a Thursday then I’m giving my team away.

“I’m looking at Hull City and going, ‘is he fit? Is he fit? Is he fit? What might they change?’. Everyone’s doing the same to us.

“Our job is to keep your cards close to your chest and then on Saturday, post-game, answer the questions.

“I think communication is important, you have to tell the fans something and explain it.”



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