Cohen back for Reds

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Chris Cohen returns from suspension for Nottingham Forest`s East Midlands derby against Championship promotion rivals Leicester at the City Ground.

However, the versatile performer faces an anxious wait to discover where - or even if - he will be deployed.

Cohen had established himself at left-back before his one-match ban but that position is now occupied by Nicky Shorey following his arrival on loan from Aston Villa.

He could revert to his more accustomed midfield role if boss Billy Davies decides to restore the 22-year-old to his starting line-up.

French midfielder Guy Moussi and forward Nathan Tyson could also come back into the reckoning.

Moussi missed the win over Doncaster with an ankle injury while a calf problem has ruled Tyson out of the last four matches.

Davies faces a welcome selection headache as he looks to extend Forest`s 10-game unbeaten league run with long-term injury victim Julian Bennett (knee) the only absentee.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson could recall skipper Matt Oakley to his starting line-up for the trip.

The midfielder returned from suspension in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe but he was forced to settle for a place among the substitutes.

He is now hoping for a recall as the Foxes seek to record their first win at the City Ground since January 1972.

However, defender Aleksandar Tunchev is still some way off a first-team return as he is still on crutches after an operation to clean out a knee joint.

The Bulgarian had returned from cruciate ligament damage inflicted at Crystal Palace nearly a year ago, but then suffered a setback this season.

Stephen Clemence has returned to training with the squad this week, but is not ready for a first-team recall.

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