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12 December 2020 16:33

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Sign up NOW for the latest Reds news and views direct to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Nottingham Forest will again be without defender Scott McKenna for their clash with Brentford tomorrow. The summer signing missed the games against Watford and Norwich City, and, sandwiched between those matches, was withdrawn at half-time of the defeat at Reading due to an ankle injury. He will be absent again for the first of back-to-back outings at the City Ground for Chris Hughton's side, who take on the Bees looking to end a six-match winless run. And it means Tobias Figueiredo is likely to retain his spot alongside Joe Worrall in the heart of the back line. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon 8 Cancel Play now "He's coming along well, but he's still not ready," Hughton said of McKenna.

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"The good news is it's not a bad one. "But we have to make sure that he's right before he comes back, so Scott will miss out again." Tyler Blackett (unspecified) and Fouad Bachirou (hamstring) are both back in training, but Jack Colback (ankle) and Luke Freeman (groin) face longer spells on the sidelines. Hughton, though, says striker Lewis Grabban is hoping to step up his recovery from a hip problem next week. "Lewis Grabban's injury is taking a little bit longer than what we thought," he said. "We are hoping he will be back in training with the team at some stage next week." In what has been a particularly tough run of fixtures, against sides in and around the top six, Forest host seventh-placed Brentford tomorrow.

Beyond that, on paper at least, the schedule looks a little less daunting, with Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and Birmingham City coming up on the horizon. But Hughton is wise to the challenges the Championship poses, regardless of the opposition. "I think it's just normal to think of it like that," he said. "Even some of the conversations we have, we speak about having just effectively faced the top six in the division - and it's unusual to have a run like that. "I've had spells where you've played the top teams, but not like that. "But even after the Brentford game, it's the Championship and you never know what can happen. "A couple of our toughest games were against Wycombe and Coventry, two of the teams who have just come up. "What you don't want is to mentally go the other way and think you are playing lesser teams." And before that, he knows his team will be in for a tough test against Brentford. "They are a team on the back of a very good season, last season," he added. "I saw a lot of them last season, and they're a very exciting and dangerous team to play against." Thanks, your email has been added to our newsletter.