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McKenna starts: The Nottingham Forest XI that Hughton should play v Blackburn tomorrow

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Chris Hughton will be hoping to pick up a win in his first game in charge of Nottingham Forest tomorrow, as the Reds prepare to take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Reds, who have lost their first four league games despite an influx of new players this summer.

But Forest fans will now be feeling optimistic following the appointment of experienced manager Chris Hughton, who replaced Sabri Lamouchi at the helm last week.

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The international break has given Hughton a full week to work with his new group of players, teaching them how he wants them to play and getting them fully prepared for the trip to Lancashire.

Leaving Ewood Park with all three points will be a tough ask, though. Blackburn have made a good start to the campaign, and currently occupy sixth spot after picking up seven points from their first four games.

Forest fans will be eager to see what sort of team Hughton picks on Saturday afternoon, and here, we take a look at the starting XI we feel that he should field tomorrow…

Starting off in defence, Hughton has delivered a mixed bag of injury news ahead of the Reds’ trip to Ewood Park…

Joe Worrall remains sidelined due to a foot injury which will see him miss around two months of action, and summer arrival Tyler Blackett is also unavailable after picking up an unspecified injury.

Scott McKenna, though, who withdrew from international duty with Scotland after picking up a knock, is back fit and available for this weekend.

The centre-half missed the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City last time out, but he should regain his place in defence after being declared fit for Saturday.

McKenna is likely to start for the Reds alongside Loic Mbe Soh, with Cyrus Christie and Nicholas Ioannou in the full-back positions and Brice Samba in goal.

Moving into midfield, and Forest have been dealt another injury boost with Harry Arter being declared fit and available after also withdrawing from international duty.

Arter withdrew from the Republic of Ireland squad after picking up a thigh injury, but he is in line to make his third appearance for the Reds since arriving from AFC Bournemouth.

Arter is likely to start alongside Jack Colback in midfield, with Luke Freeman sitting just in front of the pair in an attacking 4-3-3 system which suited Hughton at Brighton.

Forest are looking to bring in another winger before the transfer window closes on Friday afternoon, with Anthony Knockaert and Kamil Grosicki both on the club’s radar.

Regardless of whether they both sign for Forest or not, Saturday will come too soon for the pair, leaving it up to Alex Mighten, Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley to fight for a place in the side.

Mighten really impressed in the defeat to Bristol City last time out and has also looked sharp in training this week, and with Joe Lolley only just recovering from a spell on the sidelines, he could start once again.

Up top, Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are yet to open their accounts for the season, and will be keen to get firing on all cylinders as soon as possible.

We’ve gone with Grabban in this line-up, but don’t be surprised to see Taylor start either.


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