Date: 20th February 2019 at 2:29pm
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Martin O’Neill gave Ben Watson a rest in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End and could look to bring the Englishman back for Monday’s Midlands derby – Daryl Murphy might have to make way.

Nottingham Forest welcome in-form Derby County to the City Ground on February 25 – a game that could see the Reds narrow the gap to the Rams in the table – and O’Neill could name a more defensively-minded side as a result.

Against Preston, Forest started with two central strikers and one attacking-midfield in behind. Derby would surely exploit such an open formation so O’Neill might be more reserved on Monday. Having Watson operating alongside Jack Colback in a deep-lying role would provide more protection to the defence, but there are other players waiting in the wings too.

Claudio Yacob was a regular under former manager Aitor Karanka, but he hasn’t started a game for Forest since January 19. The ball-winning midfielder was outstanding alongside Colback earlier in the season, but he can’t get more than a substitute outing these days. Matty Cash may also be in contention if he returns from injury in time, but it’s unlikely that he’ll start regardless.

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