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Nottingham Post
Nottingham Post
Sarah Clapson

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper names his team to face Luton Town

Head coach Steve Cooper makes one change to his Nottingham Forest starting line-up against Luton Town.

The Reds make the trip to Kenilworth Road looking to maintain their terrific run of form in the Championship. Victory over Birmingham City last weekend made it five league wins on the spin and 10 unbeaten.

Ahead of the lunchtime kick-off, Cooper’s side are up to fourth in the table, having closed the gap on second-placed Bournemouth to six points. Their opponents sit a place and two points below them.

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The Forest boss had named the same starting XI for the last three matches since returning from the international break, building momentum by beating Blackpool, Coventry City and the Blues. But he tweaks his team for this afternoon’s clash.

On the back of two successive clean-sheets, the three-man defence of Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo and Scott McKenna will once again line up ahead of goalkeeper Brice Samba. With Max Lowe still out of action due to injury, Jack Colback continues at left wing-back, with Djed Spence on the right.

Ryan Yates and James Garner will take up position in the centre of the pitch. There is a change at the top end of the pitch, however, as Lewis Grabban returns to the first-team for the first time since returning from injury.

Philip Zinckernagel is the man to drop to the bench as the skipper comes back in. Grabban will partner Brennan Johnson and Keinan Davis in attack. Joining Zinckernagel among the substitutes will be Ethan Horvath, Richie Laryea, Sam Surridge, Alex Mighten, Cafu and Joe Lolley.

Forest: Samba; Worrall, Figueiredo, McKenna; Spence, Yates, Garner, Colback; Johnson, Davis, Grabban. Subs: Horvath, Laryea, Zinckernagel, Surridge, Mighten, Cafu, Lolley.

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