Nottingham Forest’s Official Starting Eleven vs Chelsea

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka is confident his side can cause an FA Cup upset when they take on the Blues at Stamford Bridge.

“If I don’t believe, I can’t convince the players,” he said. “I have to be the first who is convinced and I am because to prepare one game thinking that it will be impossible to win, then it will be impossible to win.

“I am convinced that we can compete against them because we always compete against good teams.

“It is not easy to play at Stamford Bridge and against those kind of players. It is something that the players should feel in the way that we showed how good we are against Leeds, I hope that they show how good they are.”

Nottingham Forest have problems in defence as they look to spring a surprise at Stamford Bridge. Michael Hefele is likely to miss out after he suffered an Achilles injury against Leeds on New Year’s Day, while Tobias Figueiredo will only feature if he has recovered from a dead leg.

Michael Dawson (hamstring) remains out so Claudio Yacob could be used in the centre of defence. Top scorer Lewis Grabban remains a doubt after the 15-goal striker missed out against Leeds with a slight injury.

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