The keenly anticipated Newcastle v Nottingham Forest match could see a number of key figures missing.

Jonjo Shelvey will of course be missing for the home side as he serves the second match of his five game suspension, whilst the likes of Aarons and Gamez are long-term injured.

Rafa Benitez hasn’t revealed any further injuries from Monday night’s match but won’t be taking a risk with anybody carrying a knock, as the trip to Blackburn quickly follows on Monday afternoon.

However, Friday’s visitors have real problems ahead of the match.

With only one point from 12 since the shambolic refereeing performance that gifted them three points against Newcastle, the last thing they needed was more players ruled out.

However, in their latest defeat (2-1 at Huddersfield), Forest lost Ben Osborn to injury and Michael Mancienne to a last minute sending off.

The visitors hope that the influential Ben Osborn recovers after being forced off against Huddersfield on Monday, whilst Damien Perquis is touch and go after having surgery to his jaw.

Star striker Britt Assombalonga was a second half substitute on Monday but the Nottingham Post say they understand he still isn’t fit enough to start.

These are the 11 who could all be missing, with Henri Lansbury sadly amongst those not available for this rematch.

Ben Osborn – Knee injury

Britt Assombalonga – Still not at full fitness

Michael Mancienne -Suspended

Daniel Pinillos – Knee surgery

Damien Perquis – Jaw surgery

Lica – Minor strain

Henri Lansbury – Hamstring injury

Chris Cohen – Groin injury

Matty Fryatt – Achilles problem

Danny Fox – Unspecified

Armand Traore – Unspecified