Team news : Ayala back, Braithwaite still out

Dani Ayala is back in contention for Middlesbrough after injury. The 26-year-old missed the victories over Sheffield United and Burton with an ankle problem but is expected to be available for the trip to the City Ground.
Martin Braithwaite has returned to light training but will miss out once again as he works his way back from a hamstring strain.

Garry Monk had hoped to have Birmingham defender Ryan Shotton among the ranks, but although a fee has been agreed, opposite number Harry Redknapp will not allow Shotton, whose wife is due to give birth, to leave St Andrew’s until he has secured a replacement. Stephen Henderson could make his long-awaited return to the Forest squad. The goalkeeper has been sidelined since suffering an Achilles injury against Norwich in February but he has recently featured for the Under-23 side and might even be on the bench on Saturday.

Forest boss Mark Warburton has no new injury issues, with Chris Cohen (knee) still not fit and Jamie Ward and Matty Cash out long-term.

The likes of Eric Lichaj, Armand Traore, Zach Clough, Mustapha Carayol and Jason Cummings will all be hoping to start as Britt Assombalonga makes a quick return to his old club. 

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