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Championship: Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City team news

Danny Collins and Jamie Paterson come back into the reckoning for Nottingham Forest as they prepare to host Birmingham.

Central defender Collins missed the 5-2 defeat to QPR through suspension while Paterson's return from illness will bolster caretaker manager Gary Brazil's options in attack.

David Vaughan was in the squad for the first time in two months at Loftus Road after recovering from a knee injury.

He was an unused substitute in west London but the on-loan Sunderland midfielder this week topped up his fitness with a 45-minute run out for the Under-21 team and he will hope to get back out on the pitch against Blues on Saturday.

A first win in 13 matches is vital for Forest if they are to keep alive their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes.

Birmingham will be without top scorer Lee Novak when they travel to Nottingham Forest.

The former Huddersfield striker injured his knee in the 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough last time out and is set to miss the rest of the season.

Nikola Zigic is Novak's likely replacement, while Tom Adeyemi and Jordon Ibe could also be handed recalls as the Blues look to ease their relegation fears.

Lee Clark's side are only three points above the drop zone, although they do have a game in hand on their rivals.


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  • Championship: Nottingham Forest v Birmingham City team news


  • Danny Collins and Jamie Paterson come back into the reckoning for Nottingham Forest as they prepare to host Birmingham.

  • Championship Chat: Bowyer job on line


  • James Dixon praises the clubs for the Hillsborough tributes, slams Blackburn, talks up QPR's promotion chances and tips Millwall to stay up.

  • Transfer news: Lee Clark would prefer not to add loanees at Birmingham


  • Lee Clark has relied heavily on loan deals at Birmingham City, but admits such agreements are far from ideal.

  • Championship Chat: Foxes ready for PL


  • James Marshment congratulates Leicester on promotion, discusses Burnley and Bournemouth's hopes of joining them, and welcomes Leeds' takeover.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Middlesbrough see off struggling Birmingham 3-1


  • Middlesbrough could still gatecrash the Sky Bet Championship play-off places after nine men claimed a 3-1 victory over Birmingham at the Riverside Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Aitor Karanka refusing to contemplate play-off push


  • Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has banned all talk of the play-offs despite watching his nine-man team emerge as 3-1 victors from a "crazy game" with Birmingham at the Riverside Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Macheda bags brace as Birmimgham battle back for win at Doncaster


  • Two goals from on-loan striker Federico Macheda eased Birmingham's relegation fears as they came from behind to snatch an unlikely 3-1 Sky Bet Championship victory at Doncaster.

  • Championship: Birmingham's home and away form confuses Lee Clark after Doncaster win


  • Birmingham boss Lee Clark was at a loss to explain the disparity between his side's home and away form after Saturday's much-needed 3-1 victory at Doncaster.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Lee Clark reflects on testing campaign at Birmingham


  • Lee Clark admits departures of key men have hit Birmingham City hard, with it never easy to find suitable cover.

  • Champ Chat: Pearce can inspire Forest


  • James Marshment claims Stuart Pearce can inspire Nottingham Forest, praises Chris Wood and picks his Team, Goal, and Celebration of the week.

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