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Nottingham Forest Vs Middlesbrough, Sat 20 Feb 2010

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Nottingham Forest have no new problems as they go in search of a club-record ninth straight home league win against Middlesbrough.

The Reds recorded their eighth successive Championship victory at the City Ground against Sheffield United in midweek, equalling the club's best run during a season achieved under the legendary Brian Clough in 1980.

Robert Earnshaw scored his 150th career league goal in the 1-0 win against the Blades on Tuesday night.

The Wales international was recalled along with fellow striker Dexter Blackstock and midfielder Paul Anderson and all three players look set to keep their place with boss Billy Davies expected to name an unchanged side.

Forward Garath McCleary serves the second of a three-match suspension while full-back Joel Lynch remains out with a thigh injury.

Middlesbrough have doubts over Chris Killen and Emanuel Pogatetz.

Striker Killen and defender Pogatetz are rated "touch and go" after their rehabilitation from their respective injuries was hindered by a virus.

Gary O'Neil returned to the side for Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Blackpool and, although he is still not fully fit following a groin problem, the midfielder could be asked to continue in the starting line-up.

Julio Arca is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to make his comeback from an ongoing toe problem at Bloomfield Road.

But Seb Hines (ankle and knee ligament) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

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