Date: 27th April 2019 at 7:30am
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Nottingham Forest have confirmed that Sam Byram will return to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The 25-year-old missed Monday’s 3-0 win over Middlesbrough due to concussion but has recovered and could be in contention to start at Loftus Park.

Martin O’Neill opted for a 3-4-2-1 formation against Boro with Matty Cash as a right-sided wing-back. The 21-year-old impressed at the City Ground, picking up an assist for his troubles, so Byram might have a tough task to dethrone the midfielder for Forest’s penultimate game.

His future is uncertain this summer too. Byram has made only six appearances in all competitions since joining on loan from West Ham United due to a serious knee injury suffered at the start of the campaign. Forest might return for Byram this summer, and the player has said he’s open to another season in the East Midlands, but there’s no guarantee that United will let him go again.

Nevertheless, his return ahead of Saturday’s clash is a boost for Martin O’Neill as Saidy Janko has fallen out of favour and Tendayi Darikwa has struggled with a hamstring injury. The Reds have little other than pride to play for but will want to end the season on a high.

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