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Nottm Forest v Fulham Match Preview

last updated Friday 16th February 2001, 1:46 PM
Bary Hayles
Bazza Hayles on the come back trail
Fulham striker Barry Hayles may return to the first-team squad for the visit of Nottingham Forest to Craven Cottage.

The former Bristol Rovers star has been kept out recently by an ankle injury but made his comeback for the Cottagers' reserves in a 6-0 win over Wycombe.

New signing, Denmark international Peter Moller, scored a hat-trick in the match and may get the chance to cut down Forest. Manager Jean Tigana will hope to be able to call on Portuguese striker Luis Boa Morte.

Boa Morte, on loan from Southampton, has scored 16 goals this season in helping Fulham to the brink of the Premiership, but has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Portuguese giants Benfica.

Nottingham Forest are without David Prutton, who begins a two-match suspension that will also see him miss Wednesday's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

The 19-year-old has so far had a stop-start beginning to 2001 after previously missing games through illness and a ban incurred for his sending off against Crewe on Boxing Day.

He is now on the sidelines again after receiving 10 cautions.

Gareth Williams, who was relegated to the bench for the 2-1 win over Blackburn, could return in his place.

Boss David Platt will also decide whether to continue with Gary Jones up front alongside David Johnson, or replace him with Marlon Harewood, who came on as a substitute against Rovers.

Platt has also been boosted by the news that injured duo Jack Lester and Chris Doig are both close to regaining full fitness.

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