Ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday, Martin O’Neill has been given a key boost as he prepares his Nottingham Forest side for a trip to Hillsborough.
Defender Tendayi Darikwa, who missed Forest’s 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United at the weekend due to a hamstring problem, is set to be available for the Reds ahead of their trip to Yorkshire on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old has been a regular for O’Neill since he took the reins from Aitor Karanka at the City Ground, and his return comes at a time where Forest are desperate to pick up a win and put their play-off push back on track.
Saidy Janko stepped into the team in Darikwa’s absence at the weekend, but didn’t have the greatest of games and was taken off for Arvin Appiah late on.
So, should O’Neill stick with Janko on Tuesday night, or put Darikwa back into the team? We discuss…
“He should play Darikwa – it’s a no-brainer for me.
“He has been one of Forest’s unsung heroes in my view, putting in a string of impressive performances at right-back for both Karanka and O’Neill.
“He will know that he will have to step up his game with Sam Byram close to returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and ultimately. he would be the best all-round best option for them on Tuesday.”
“I think so.
“Darikwa has been a reliable and regular feature for Forest since arriving at the City Ground, and in a clash like Tuesday night’s against Sheffield Wednesday, where the loser can all but say goodbye to their play-off hopes, they need people ready to put themselves on the line.
“He will do just that.”
“It should be a no-brainer.
“Darikwa has been a player that Forest can rely on this season and he’s one of the first names on the team-sheet when fit.
“I’d be throwing him straight back into the starting XI for their next game as Forest need their key players back for the play-off run-in and Darikwa is certainly one of them.”