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Davies concern at Forest numbers

Billy Davies
Forest's first league win of the season came against his former club Derby

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has admitted that he is concerned about the size of his squad.

The Reds head into the international break having won their first league match of the season - a 3-2 success over local rivals Derby County.

But Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm still very concerned looking at the next run of fixtures.

"It's seven games in 21 days [after the break]. Currently we're sitting here with a squad of 16."

The Reds have been without James Perch, Julian Bennett, Guy Moussi and Kelvin Wilson all season.

In addition, Lewis McGugan and Joel Lynch have both recently suffered injuries which are likely to keep them out until after the next match, at Sheffield Wednesday.

There's no doubt we're thin on the ground

Billy Davies

Davies added: "We've got six players injured at the moment, with three or four long term.

"If you look at the overall squad size and depth, with 20 players in the squad, I think we're a number of players short."

Forest have also made it through to the third round of the Carling Cup, after wins against Bradford and Middlesbrough, setting up a clash with Blackburn Rovers, but adding to the workload.

"There's no doubt we're thin on the ground. I think the facts speak for themselves," Davies said.

"We have the international boys [Robert Earnshaw, Radoslav Majewski and Chris Gunter] away next week, and fingers crossed they don't come back with any problems."

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see also
Nottingham Forest 3-2 Derby
31 Aug 09 |  Championship
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough (aet)
26 Aug 09 |  League Cup
Davies happy with Forest progress
26 Aug 09 |  Nottm Forest
Premier League the aim - Davies
05 May 09 |  Nottm Forest

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