Forest boss pleased at break

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies says the timing of the

international break has come at just the right time.

The latest round of European World Cup qualifiers called a

momentary halt to fixtures in the npower Championship and Scot

Davies was adamant it was of benefit to him and his in-form Forest

team.

He said: “The players and staff have worked very hard – this

break has certainly come at a good time for everyone at the club.

The injured players benefited in particular, along with the likes

of Andy Reid who was struggling with a slight virus.

“It’s important to get that rest. The Championship is a long and

difficult season and, although my staff and I have only been here

for a short period of time, I have to bear in mind what a difficult

season it’s been for everyone else.

“Over the course of the next couple of days, we’ll start to get

our full complement of players back and be able to prepare for what

will be a very difficult game against Brighton on Saturday.”

Henri Lansbury picked up an injury in England’s Under-21

international against Romania, but the midfielder could be in

contention for the Seagulls clash.

Davies said: “He was carried off very early in the game and the

England medical team advised him to return to Forest for

treatment.

“It’s too early to say whether or not he’ll be available but

we’re certainly pleased with the progress he’s making.”