Nottingham Forest face Derby County in one of the fiercest rivalries in English football on Tuesday night as the two sides go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup.
The Reds currently have their hands on the Brian Clough Trophy after a 1-0 victory at the City Ground back in February this year, so there’s more than just a place in the next round at stake.
And it appears that fans’ excitement has been given a monumental boost ahead of the game, as Joao Carvalho has been spotted back in training, seemingly on the brink of returning to action.
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Upon seeing Carvalho’s appearance at training, many fans reacted on Twitter.
One supporter compared the midfielder’s potential partnership with Rafa Mir to that of yesteryear with Stan Collymore and Bryan Roy, who as a pair became a lethal duo in the mid-to-late 90s.
Another member of the Forest faithful labelled him a ‘little magician’ whilst another added an image to suggest that the Reds are on their way to the Premier League.
Here’s the best of the reaction from Twitter:
— Riley (@RileyNFFC_) August 26, 2019
THE BOY IS BACK TO SLAY THE SHEEP
— Ryan Bardill (@Ryan_nffc10) August 26, 2019
João is just so perfect ??
— Claire (@LilMissRedDog) August 26, 2019
The new Collymore:Roy combo stick them up front and let them run wild
— Mark Shaw (@MarkShaw_Design) August 26, 2019
The Portuguese Prince ?
— LKeane ??⚪️ (@liamkeane88) August 26, 2019
Little magician. Can’t wait to see him and Joe Lolley linking up again.
— DGB (@DGBCampbell) August 26, 2019
Really think that’ll be a great pairing, with Carvz through balls, and Mirz pace.
— Shadow Secretary for Parallel Parking (@jaymundaka) August 26, 2019
Welcome back ⭐️⭐️
— mongoosebiker (@Allstarreds) August 26, 2019