Martin O’Neill has revealed he’s “thinking about” selecting Matty Cash against Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon. The 21-year-old has been out of action since mid-February with an achilles injury, missing six league games, but could be in line to make a long-awaited return.
Cash has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating nine goals. He was a regular before his injury and should make the squad at the bare minimum if fit.
O’Neill said to Nottinghamshire Live: “He has trained today and over the last few days. We have not done a great deal since Wednesday, but he is coming with us to Ipswich. He is another naturally fit player and, if he comes through today’s work without any problems – and I know he has missed a few weeks – he is one I would be thinking about.
“He is a player we have missed. He has scored a few goals and he was in the side when I came here. I was disappointed to see him out of the side for the length of time that he has been. I saw his injury and he not only had a thickness in his achilles, but there was also a cut there, which was taking time to heal. But he feels not too bad now.”
With Forest suffering two defeats from their last three games, O’Neill could make changes to his starting lineup. Ipswich are bottom of the Championship table and have gone 10 games without a win, so the Reds can’t afford to fall short at Portman Road. Forest are currently 10th in the Championship with 53 points from 37 games and are three points adrift of the playoffs.
Ipswich are 13 points off safety with nine games remaining and have the worst defensive record in the division (61). The Tractor Boys have the worst home record in the Championship (18 games, two wins, nine draws, seven defeats, 15 points) and average less than a goal-per-game in their own backyard. Forest have a big opportunity to return to form.