Nottingham Forest will look to move into the Championship play-off positions when they face bottom-three side Hull City at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday, and they could be boosted by the return of defender Danny Fox.
The 32-year-old had been a regular at the heart of the Reds’ backline up until he suffered a foot injury in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road last month, and he subsequently missed the home clashes with Sheffield United and Stoke City at the City Ground.
The two-week international break may well have given the opportunity for the four-time Scotland international to regain his fitness ahead of the trip to east Yorkshire, although the previously un-droppable ace – who has captained the team on eight occasions this term – surely faces a real battle to reclaim his spot in the starting XI despite his impressive displays.
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Michael Dawson has come into the side and helped Aitor Karanka’s men keep two clean sheets against two clubs who could well be competing at the right end of the league standings come the climax of the campaign, and he has proven how important his experience can be.
Even if Fox is fit to return at the weekend, his 35-year-old teammate doesn’t deserve to be dropped to the substitutes’ bench and that should instead be the fate for the less senior centre-back option.
We want Nottingham Forest fans to vote on our poll below to tell us whether they think Fox should make an instant return to the starting XI if he is ready to be selected, or if he should be made to wait given the form Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo are in.