Nottingham Forest face Coventry on Tuesday at 7:00pm (image: Nottingham Forest club website)

by Lewis Brumby

Nottingham Forest will look to return to winning ways in a key game against relegation rivals Coventry City.

New signings Glenn Murray and James Garner could make their debuts for Nottingham Forest in their crucial clash with Coventry on Tuesday night, with both clubs dangerously close to the drop zone.

Glenn Murray was the only deadline day arrival at the City Ground, arriving on a deal until the end of the season from Brighton, while James Garner is a highly-rated young defensive midfielder on-loan from Manchester United.

Both players have spent the season on loan at Championship rivals Watford, but found game time hard to come by and will need to hit the ground running if Forest wish to stay in the second-tier.

They currently sit just one spot outside the relegation spots in 21st – three points above Rotherham United – while Coventry are seven points clear, in 18th.

Forest boss Chris Hughton has stressed his desire to take the spoils saying, “it’s one that we desperately want to get the three points”.

But has played down the threat if they do not win, “there’s still an awful lot of football to play and there’s a lot of competition”.

Both sides come into the game in indifferent form with two wins a piece in their last five games, however The Reds are winless in their last two games, while Coventry are unbeaten in their last two.

Forest took an important 2-1 victory the last time these two sides met, with goals from Scott McKenna and a late penalty from Lyle Taylor sealing the three points.

One of the goalscorers, McKenna, will be unavailable for the foreseeable future with Hughton stating that his injury is “a matter of weeks not days”.

Midfielders Samba Sow and Jack Colback could feature, with Sow “touch and go” and Colback returning to training this week.

Ryan Yeates is also set to miss the next two games, but is looking to returning to training next week.