Nottingham Forest boss gives Mancienne & Blackstock injury update

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce also gave a positive update on Matty Fryatt.

Stuart Pearce has confirmed Matty Fryatt could return for his side against Millwall this weekend, according to Nottingham Forest's official website.

However, the Championship clash comes too soon for Michael Mancienne, who is still unfit, while Dexter Blackstock is unlikely to be available against Millwall.

Fryatt last played for Nottingham Forest in December but began training with the side again on Tuesday, with Pearce hoping he will be fit enough to play come the weekend.

Pearce's Forest side currently sit 12th in the league table but a win could take them up to 10th should results go in their favour. Similarly, however, a failure to pick up points - or even a draw - could see Nottingham Forest soon leapfrogged by a number of sides just below them in the standings.

“Matty joined training on Tuesday so if all goes well over the next two days he’ll be available for the squad on Saturday," Pearce told Forest player.

“Dexter Blackstock’s due to join training today but we don’t think he’ll be available for the weekend because of the length of time he’s been out.

“Michael Mancienne is unfit at this moment in time – Saturday comes too soon for him.”

Nottingham Forest have struggled of late - a last-gasp win at rivals Derby County aside - but will go into this weekend's clash helped by the fact that they won't be the only ones.

Ian Holloway's Millwall side sit 22nd in the Championship table (in the relegation zone) and are five points off safety. What's more, Millwall are without a win in eight games in all competitions.

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