Nottingham Forest are set to be without left-back Omar Richards for their meeting with West Ham United on Sunday.
The Tricky Trees will be playing in their first home Premier League match since 1999 on Sunday when they host David Moyes’ side, who started their 2022/23 season with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at the London Stadium.
Forest have spent heavily this summer as they try to build a squad fit for a return to the Premier League. They have made 11 signings to date and have spent more than £50million so far on their recruits.
As part of that summer rebuild, Forest spent up to £10m on signing left-back Omar Richards from Bayern Munich, just a year after leaving Reading to play for the German club on a free transfer.
Shortly after his arrival from the Tricky Trees, Richards suffered a fractured leg injury and he is yet to make his debut for Forest, missing their opening weekend 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
Richards, who has played once for England’s under-21s, is due to be out until mid-September with the injury, keeping him out of Forest’s squad to take on the Irons this weekend.
One man who is set to play for Steve Cooper’s side against the Irons is former Hammers loanee Jesse Lingard, who made his debut for Forest on Tyneside. West Ham did want to re-sign Lingard this summer, but the midfielder opted to join newly-promoted Forest instead.
Moyes could hand a debut to summer signing Maxwel Cornet, who moved to east London for £17.5m from Burnley last week. However, Cornet signed for the Hammers too late to feature against City on Sunday.