Nottingham Forest defender Jack Robinson picked up caution number ten for the season on Saturday and will miss the next two matches.

It represents a blow for the Reds who aren’t blessed with many other options at left-back.

Assistant boss Roy Keane wasn’t overly chuffed with the decision.

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The former Forest midfielder picked up a yellow card of his own from referee Roger East for protesting the decision.

Had Robinson gone another two games without his name going into the referee’s notebook, his slate would have been wiped clean.

It wasn’t to be though and East’s intervention leaves boss Martin O’Neill with a decision to make.

Ben Osborn is the obvious option to play left-back. Given that Forest are still in with a chance of the play-offs it seems a logical decision.

 

Logical isn’t really a word O’Neill has befitted since his arrival though.

Throwing Ryan Yates into the action wasn’t particularly logical, whilst recalling Ben Watson was as far away from logical as you can possibly get.

Both decisions have borne fruit, however.

Opportunity

Perhaps such decision making could open the door for Arvin Appiah.

Osborn has played right-wing in recent weeks and with him switching further back, a void will be created.

With Matty Cash still not fit and Diogo Goncalves looking anything but convincing, Appiah could be given the nod.

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The 18-year-old has made his first-team debut this season, scoring after coming on in the EFL Cup defeat to Burton Albion.

The general thinking is that Appiah might only get a chance this season if the play-off hopes completely extinguish.

That all seems rather pointless though.

Throwing him into the action against Hull City on Saturday would represent a relatively low risk.

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A packed out City Ground would roar Appiah on with every kick, allowing his confidence to grow.

Add to the mix that he would likely come up against a certain Eric Lichaj and you have all the ingredients for a first start that dreams are made of.