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N Forest v Brighton preview

Nottingham Forest will be without Greg Halford for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Brighton at The City Ground.

Halford has been handed a three-match suspension having been retrospectively punished by the Football Association for an incident during the defeat at Bournemouth last weekend.

With Jamaal Lascelles fighting a knee injury, Halford's absence could leave Danny Collins as the only available recognised centre-half on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow and forward Jamie Paterson remain doubts. Darlow has been on the sidelines for the last two games with a shoulder injury while Paterson missed the Bournemouth game.

Forest's play-off hopes ended with defeat against the Cherries but Brighton can oust Reading from the top-six if they better the Royals' result against Burnley.

Matt Upson and Dale Stephens are doubts with ankle injuries for the Seagulls.

Defender Upson, who was this week named Albion's player of the year, missed last Friday's 2-0 win over Yeovil while midfielder Stephens limped off in the second half.

Striker Will Hoskins is available after a long-term knee problem but midfielder Andrew Crofts is recovering from a cruciate injury.

The Seagulls need a victory at the City Ground and Reading to drop points against Burnley to snatch the final play-off spot.

Watch Forest against Brighton and Reading take on Burnley live on Sky Sports 1 and 2 at 12.15pm on Saturday.