Blackpool will hand a late fitness test to Stephen Crainey for the home clash against Nottingham Forest.

The left-back has been struggling with a persistent knee problem but managed to play the full 90 minutes of last weekend's 4-1 defeat at Newcastle. He will continue to be assessed before manager Ian Holloway makes a final decision over his availability.

Brett Ormerod came off the bench to make his return from injury in that clash and will now be pushing for a start. The striker will again wear a protective cast as he continues his comeback from a fractured bone in his hand.

Defender Seamus Coleman is available after extending his loan spell from Everton until the end of the season while Paul Rachubka will compete with Matt Gilks for a starting berth between the sticks following his recovery from illness.

Neal Eardley (hamstring) is still doubtful and Stephen McPhee (knee) and Hameur Bouazza (groin) remain on sidelines.

Forest hope to have striker Dele Adebola and defender Luke Chambers available.

The Reds guaranteed their place in the top six with a 3-0 home win over Ipswich last weekend.

Adebola missed that game following a recurrence of a thigh problem while Chambers suffered a muscle strain during the second half against Roy Keane`s side.

Both players will be assessed before boss Billy Davies names his squad but the Scot is hopeful they will be fit.

With a play-off spot assured, Davies has hinted he will rest some of his key players for the remaining three Championship fixtures.

That means the likes of Adebola, goalkeeper Paul Smith, midfielder Lewis McGugan and forwards Garath McCleary and Joe Garner could be in line for starts.

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