Forest are set to travel to the iPro Stadium on Saturday, and they are likely to be greeted with a hostile reception.
Ward may have to take the brunt of the Derby fans’ taunts, though, given his history of playing for the club.
The tireless attacker moved from Derby to Forest last summer, and by switching sides he has opened himself up to abuse.
However, Ward insists that Derby fans will not be able to get a reaction out of him, as he still has great respect for the club he used to play for.
“Boos don’t bother me – I get it every week, so it’s not going to make any difference,” he said.
“At the end of the game I’ll show my respect because I didn’t get the chance to say bye and thanks. I’ll applaud our fans first and then I’ll go and do the rounds.
“Four and a half years is the longest I’ve ever been at a club, which in football is a long time. I’ll show the Derby fans my respect by going round at the end of the game but, more importantly, it’s about the team getting a positive result.”
Ward has not played a match for Forest since the end of February, due to injury, but he has been training all week with the squad, and seems to be back to close to full health now.
Ward is likely to be in Forest’s match day squad at the iPro Stadium, but it remains to be seen whether he will be picked to start by Paul Williams.
Forest go into the match having drawn their last match 1-1 with Hull City. The Reds could move up to 12th in the Championship table, if they are able to pick up a win.