Club captain Paul McKenna, who was a substitute for last week's home victory over Portsmouth, is once again pushing for a starting place.
Struggling Derby were beaten 3-0 at Watford last time out, which did nothing to restore morale in the wake of their recent FA Cup humiliation at the hands of non-League Crawley. And Rams fans are still reeling from their side's 5-2 defeat in their last meeting with arch rivals Forest.
These are tough times for County, who are in freefall and badly need a win to arrest their worrying slump. A defeat on Saturday would mean the ignominy of a first home loss to their East Midlands foes for almost 17 years, and see Forest complete a first league double over them since 1990.
After seeing his team lose six of their last eight league matches, and fail to score in their last two, Derby manager Nigel Clough will be hoping they can bounce back against the club he made over 400 appearances for as a player. County have won three of their six matches against Clough's former club since he took over at Pride Park.
While Clough has been under increasing pressure, Forest boss Billy Davies, who led Derby to promotion during a 17-month spell as their manager, has every reason to be pleased. The Reds are two places outside the play-off spots and unbeaten in five league matches.
• Forest have won 35 and Derby 31 of the 87 previous matches between these clubs.
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• The Reds are two goals away from their 50th in the league at Derby.
• County have won only one of their last eight league games (a 2-1 victory against bottom side Preston).
• Fourteen players have scored Championship goals for Derby this season.
• Kris Commons is set to face his former club.
• Forest have won their last three games in all competitions, and have lost only one of their last 10 in the Championship.
• They have won every match this season in which they have been ahead at half-time.
• Fifteen of the 22 league goals they have conceded this term have been in the first half of games.
• Keeper Lee Camp is in line for his 250th league appearance and is set to face his former club along with Marcus Tudgay and Rob Earnshaw.
• Chris Cohen is on the verge of his 150th league appearance for Forest.
Source: BBC Sport...