Harry Kewell has revealed that Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings are unlikely to play a part in Saturday's FA Cup game at Barnsley.
Stead has a leg injury which has caused him to miss the last two games, while Hemmings picked up a hamstring problem which forced him to sit out Tuesday’s goalless draw against Oldham Athletic.
“They are going well and their fitness is good,” Kewell told the Nottingham Post on Friday.
“Their injuries are getting better but unfortunately I don’t think they are going to be right for this game.
“We will take it to the wire to see if they have a chance, but we feel like they will not take part in the game.
“It’s a big loss because they are good players, but I am confident about the players who have come in for them.
“For me, it’s an opportunity for others to show their worth and try to give me a problem.”