Nottingham Forest return to home comforts this Saturday when Brentford visit the City Ground.

The Reds will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeat to Birmingham City last time around.

There is still reason to believe that boss Martin O’Neill is yet to decide what is best starting line-up is.

Claudio Yacob was O’Neill’s choice to wear the armband during his first game in charge against Bristol City; yet hasn’t featured for the Reds since.

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The Argentine was an unused substitute for the game against the Blues and played just nine minutes against Wigan Athletic, but a recall could be on the cards this weekend.

Ben Watson was fetched out of the wilderness for the game against Wigan and after performing well he kept his place for the West Midlands trip.

Against Garry Monk’s side, Watson toiled and that saw Forest overrun in midfield.

Brentford boast a strong midfield presence and Yacob would be a welcome replacement for Watson.

The Argentine has never let anyone down when called upon and was perhaps a little surprised to find himself out of the team for the last two fixtures.

Captain fantastic

Having been tasked with captaining the side in O’Neill’s maiden fixture it seemed that he was clearly fancied.

 

Yacob has become a victim of the boss’ squad rotation, however, as he sets about finding the winning formula.

The 31-year-old has looked solid whenever, or wherever, he has played this season – three Forest appearances have come as a makeshift central defender.

His quality is hardly surprising.

Yacob has 160 Premier League appearances to his name from his time with West Bromwich Albion and has been capped by Argentina.

Jack Colback remains suspended for Saturday and Yacob would be a more befitting replacement than Watson.

The more he works with the players, the more O’Neill will learn about them.

Yacob is one of the better players Forest have within their ranks; a real leader who is capable of rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty.

If the Reds are to emerge from the recent slump then players of his ilk need to be on the pitch.