Nottingham Forest Vs Sheffield United, Tue 16 Feb 2010

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Joint leading scorers Dexter Blackstock and Robert Earnshaw are pushing for returns to the Nottingham Forest starting line-up against Sheffield United.

The 11-goal strikers were named on the bench for the defeat at Doncaster on Saturday. Paul Anderson was left out of the match-day squad at the Keepmoat Stadium and the midfielder will be eying-up a return to the squad.

Forward Garath McCleary begins a three-match suspension following his red card against Doncaster after the club decided against an appeal.

"I don`t think he deserved to be sent off and it is very disappointing because we know he is not a dirty player," said boss Billy Davies. "The player he fouled, John Oster, jumped straight back up after the tackle without injury. That tells me Garath clearly went to win the ball.

"It was not helped by the reaction of one or two Doncaster players - I felt the referee had to be stronger there. But the appeal situation is a waste of time."

Defender Joel Lynch will be out for a month after sustaining a thigh injury.

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has a couple of injury concerns - but is keeping their identities close to his chest.

The club have revealed one player has received an injection and is rated as 50/50 while the other is seeing a specialist to determine whether the injury could be worsened should he play.

Blackwell has a number of other injury problems to contend with as defender Chris Morgan is around 10 days away from a return following a rib injury while fellow centre-back Marcel Seip (hamstring) is also out.

Midfielder James Harper is sidelined with an ankle injury and goalkeeper Mark Bunn is absent with a broken hand leaving Ian Bennett to continue in goal.

However, defender Andrew Taylor has now fully recovered from a hamstring injury and should be named in the squad having missed the past five league outings.

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Paul Anderson
Doncaster Rovers
John Oster
Andrew Taylor
Robert Earnshaw
Marcel Seip
Dexter Blackstock
Nottingham Forest
Garath McCleary
James Harper
Sheffield United
Ian Bennett
James Harper
Joel Lynch
Mark Bunn
Chris Morgan
Andrew Taylor

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