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West Bromwich Albion Vs Nottingham Forest, Fri 8 Jan 2010

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Recent signing Gabriel Tamas is in line to make his West Brom debut in the televised clash against promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.

The Romania international centre-back arrived at The Hawthorns last week but was unable to feature in the 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Huddersfield as he awaited a work permit and international clearance.

But that has now arrived and, with Abdoulaye Meite on African Nations Cup duty, Tamas could well replace Shelton Martis and take his place alongside Jonas Olsson at the heart of defence.

The virus that swept through the Albion squad last week has now gone and there are no fresh injury worries to report, meaning Roberto Di Matteo has an almost full compliment of healthy players for the important fixture.

Ishmael Miller played 45 minutes for the reserves in midweek on his comeback from a lengthy knee injury but the game comes too soon for him, while midfielder James Morrison (heel) remains around 10 days or so away from a return to first-team training.

Defender Neil Clement was forced to retire on Wednesday following his troublesome battle to recover from a knee problem. Winger Reuben Reid has joined Peterborough on loan while new signing Marcus Haber is not expected to feature so soon.

Forest boss Billy Davies welcomes back Nicky Shorey for the trip.

The Aston Villa full-back was ineligible to play in the FA Cup tie against Birmingham last weekend due to the terms of his loan but is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up.

Shorey's return also means fellow defender Chris Gunter can move back into his preferred right-back role.

But the Reds will again be without Guy Moussi and Julian Bennett.

Midfielder Moussi is closing in on a return from an ankle injury while defender Bennett continues to battle against a knee problem.

Davies' men will be looking to extend their unbeaten run of 17 league games.

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