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Nottingham Forest manager confirms key decision ahead of Derby County clash



Mark Warburton has confirmed that Michael Mancienne will be Nottingham Forest captain in the absence of Chris Cohen.

Cohen has suffered terribly with injuries over the years and is once again ruled out, and there had been confusion over who would step up.

In recent weeks, Mancienne, Joe Worrall and Matt Mills have all had the armband at different points, but that was down to injuries and personnel on the pitch at that time.

Warburton confirmed that Mancienne is the next in line, when speaking to the Nottingham Post.

The captaincy is very important. We had Chris as captain and we lost him to injury. Then we had Michael and lost him to injury as well.”

We went back to Mancienne when he was fit again, because that was the right thing to do.”

Given that, the ex-Chelsea defender is likely to lead the Reds out when they make the short journey to the iPro Stadium to take on bitter rivals Derby this weekend.

It promises to be an electric atmosphere and Mancienne will be expected to lead by example in the hostile environment.

The Verdict

Forest fans may have been confused in recent weeks as it appeared there was no set captain, however, Warburton has revealed that’s not the case.

The captaincy is an important issue as it brings greater responsibility, not just on the pitch and Mancienne will now have to demonstrate that.

He will have to show all the leadership qualities his manager sees in him during the big local derby on Sunday.

What do you think Forest fans? Should Mancienne be the captain in Cohen’s absence? Let us know in the comments below.