Martin O’Neill revealed in Thursday’s pre-match press conference that Matty Cash is “available” to face Swansea City on Saturday, adding that it’s “good news” to have the Nottingham Forest midfielder back in action after his injury woes of late.
Cash was sidelined for seven weeks with an achilles problem but returned against Ipswich Town before the international break. He’s had two weeks to continue his recovery and O’Neill said to the official club website that the extra training has helped.
“Matty Cash (is) available now,” he revealed in his injury update. “Obviously, Cashy played part of the game a couple of weeks ago but training has helped him. (He is) available and that is good news for us.”
Cash has made 33 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring eight goals. In the Championship, he’s created 16 chances, made 30 successful dribbles, 51 tackles, 22 interceptions and has whipped in 42 crosses. He’s been a regular for most of the season, but there’s stiff competition for places now.
Ben Osborn and Joe Lolley could get the nod on the left and right respectively while Ryan Yates may partner Jack Colback and Pele in the midfield. Cash will have to be patient for an opportunity, but there’s a chance O’Neill could make changes to the squad after their poor run of form in the league.
Forest have picked up only one league win in their last four games and are at risk of losing ground on the playoffs if they can’t arrest the slide. On Saturday, they face a Swansea side who have lost four of their last five so they could well return to form.