Forest will be without no fewer than eight senior players. Ron Atkinson's men, who need to win at Villa Park to keep alive their slim hopes of Premiership survival, are unable to call upon the suspended trio of Carlton Palmer, Richard Gough and Christian Edwards. To make matters worse for Atkinson, he is also without Jon Olav Hjelde, Nigel Quashie, Geoff Thomas, Thierry Bonalair and Hugo Porfirio, who are all nursing injuries. The Norwegian defender Stale Stensaas is facing a late fitness test and Atkinson is likely to give winger Ian Woan his first start of the season. Jesper Mattsson and Chris Bart-Williams are also likely to return to the starting line- up.
ASTON VILLA (probable): Bosnich, Watson, Calderwood, Southgate, Wright, Merson, Taylor, Draper, Stone, Joachim, Dublin.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST (from): Crossley, Louis-Jean, Lyttle, Rogers, Stensaas, Chettle, Mattsson, Allou, Johnson, Bart-Williams, Woan, Van Hooijdonk, Freedman, Shipperley, Harewood, Darcheville, Beasant.
Suspensions: Forest: Palmer, Gough, Edwards.
Referee: P Durkin.