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Karanka faces brilliant dilemma with Nottingham Forest this weekend

Karanka faces brilliant dilemma with Nottingham Forest this weekend

According to The Nottingham Post, Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka faces a selection issue this weekend.

The Reds head to Blackburn tomorrow, hoping to continue their good run of form, where they are unbeaten in their last four. However, after an impressive League Cup victory over Stoke in the week, the Spanish manager is divided as to whether he sticks or twists with his squad.

Karanka named a strong squad for the midlands battle in the week, although there were certainly players that are not regarded as regulars. The problem is whether the Spaniard wants to stick with a winning formula, or introduce changes to keep his team fresh. There will be one definite change, after Diogo Gonçalves received a red card midweek.

The beauty of this decision for Karanka is that he has such a big squad, he can make changes without disrupting the standard of him team. Strength in depth not only keeps a team fresh throughout a long season- particularly when competing in the the League Cup as well-, but allows continuity between changes. The Reds signed 17 players over the summer, and now have the second largest squad in the league, behind Sheffield Wednesday, meaning they have an abundance of options to chose from.

The Reds sit in ninth in the Championship, and a win tomorrow could see them fire into the top six, and potentially into fourth place with results going their way. In this vein of form, there is no reason why fans of Forest shouldn’t expect another win.

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