Date: 7th December 2018 at 6:00pm
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Aitor Karanka has admitted he has no plans to players from the Nottingham Forest academy to solve their injury crisis in defence. The Reds boss told Nottingham Live that he would prefer to use the first-team squad in different roles rather than opt for inexperience.

When asked if he would consider promoting academy players to the Nottingham Forest first-team, Karanka replied: “No, because I prefer to fill the bench with players from the first team, because they are experienced and they know the league. To bring a player up from the academy, who has not played with us, would be difficult for him.”

Forest have an issue at centre-back, with Michael Dawson currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and Tobias Figueiredo serving a three-game suspension. Jack Robinson will be forced to operate at centre-back alongside Michael Hefele, but that means somebody will need to cover for the former at left-back.

With Daniel Fox still injured, Karanka will be forced to put square pegs into round holes and one of Ben Osborne or Saidy Janko looks set to start in the makeshift role against Preston North End on Saturday. Forest have been in fantastic form of late, however, with 11 points amassed from a possible 15, so Karanka should be confident of getting a result regardless of the squad changes.

The Reds are currently sitting pretty in the Championship playoff places and should fancy their chances of beating a Preston side who are closer to the relegation zone than mid-table.

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