Date: 12th March 2019 at 7:45pm
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Joao Carvalho could be in line to start for Nottingham Forest against Aston Villa on Wednesday after scoring a sensational goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Hull City. The 22-year-old has been short of form and playing time in recent weeks, having failed to score or goal or make an assist in the Championship for three months, but Carvalho could have a part to play at the City Ground in midweek.

The Portuguese u21 international has contributed 10 goals in 30 league games since joining Forest from Benfica last summer, kicking off his debut season brightly before tailing off after December. Carvalho has been an unused substitute in 2019, featuring in only four of Forest’s last 10 league outings, but fans want to see him make his first start since New Year’s Day.

If Martin O’Neill opts to include the midfielder in the starting eleven, he’ll have a difficult decision to make on who to drop. One of Daryl Murphy or Leo Bonatini could make way, as playing two strikers against Villa could be reckless. Forest will want to retain possession and having a player of Carvalho’s ability on the ball could be the difference.

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