Nottingham Evening Post

Nige stays quiet over Forest job

NIGEL Clough has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the vacant manager's job at Nottingham Forest...

Clough has guided Burton Albion to a ten-point lead at the top of the Blue Square Premier after last night's 2-0 victory at Mansfield – the Brewers' tenth in a row in league competition. Fellow ex-Forest star and Evening Post columnist Garry Birtles says now is the right time for Forest to move for Clough. The 42-year-old has also been linked with Derby after the resignation of Paul Jewell.

Clough said: "I have had no contact with either club and I will just get on with doing my job at Burton, as always. I would rather talk about the ten games we have won on the bounce. I don't want anything to detract from that because it is a remarkable achievement. All my mind is on is our game with York on Thursday."

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Garner on his way back

Forest striker Joe Garner is back in first-team training after a scan revealed he is well ahead of schedule in his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

But while the £1.14m capture from Carlisle could be back in action within a month, the club are still in the dark over when loan signing Paul Anderson will return.

The Liverpool man is struggling with a long-term thigh problem and Colin Calderwood revealed the club's medical staff are still searching for a solution.

The Reds boss said: "We have had really good news about Joe, the results of the scan were terrific.

"He is way, way ahead of schedule and he will now go into what is effectively a pre-season for him. But we will be able to integrate him into the group properly, to get him involved in training.

"Over the next two weeks he will not be able to have any contact, but he will be able to complete crossing and finishing sessions and play a floating role in other exercises.

"We are really pleased with his progress, although we are still looking at four to six weeks before he is available for selection. But it is good news, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we had thought he would be longer coming back than it looks like he will be."

But Calderwood admits there remains a great deal of frustration over Anderson's progress.

"Paul stalled a little when we started trying to put him through some serious work in training," he said. "The doctors are currently looking at trying to do something with him, to progress him beyond the stage he is at.

"There is not a return on the horizon for him just yet, certainly not in the next fortnight. As soon as we get into doing sprint work and power work with him, he feels it in his leg. We have to get through that, we have to find a way to build him up.

"It's not a case of him needing surgery but there may be an injection or some kind of treatment we can look at to help him through. Arron Davies has made good progress though and he could be involved at some stage next week."

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Forest looking for loans

Nottingham Forest are plotting at least one loan signing as they prepare for a run of three games in eight days, Colin Calderwood revealed today.

The Reds hope to land a left back and possibly a midfielder, as injuries to Julian Bennett and Lewis McGugan have left the squad looking thin.
Manager Calderwood does have the option of playing versatile Chris Cohen or youngster Joe Heath at left back in Bennett's absence, but is likely to look for a more experienced player to provide cover and, with McGugan also on the injury list, he may try to boost his options in the middle of the pitch as well.

He said: "We have to look at bringing players in. We have had a little scout around and we will try to do something before the end of next week.

"That is an important week for us, and if we can do it before, we might. The longer they are with us, the better-prepared they will be to play next weekend.

"We are just thinking about the fatigue that is likely to hit us by the time next weekend comes around, with the number of matches we are playing.

"It is situations like this where we have to have numbers and strength in depth just to keep us fresh.

"Twice already this season we have slipped up when it has come to playing a third game in a week, when we lost at Swansea and Wolverhampton. That is an indication that we need bodies to be fresh.

"It is just a little trend that we have noticed and have talked about."

Calderwood hopes Forest will go into the next international break, in October, in better spirits.

"Hopefully when the next break comes up we can go into it on a more positive note with a better result," he said.

"It has been a useful exercise and break and we are ready not just for this game, but the whole week. The players have all set themselves little targets and goals. But we need to get through these three games and make an improvement.

"The one thing you can say is that they do not fear anything, which is very positive."

Source: Nottingham Evening Post

Lee Martin signs loan deal

As predicted in the Evening Post, the 21-year-old, who can also play up front, has joined on loan until January. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will even allow Martin to play in the Carling Cup against Morecambe tonight.

Source: Nottingham Evening Post