Boss is look­ing for right com­bi­na­tion

Nottingham Post - - SPORT -

AI­TOR Karanka knows what his mid­field pair­ing will be to face Stoke City this week­end - but also knows it will only be viewed as the right choice, if the Reds claim an­other win at the City Ground.

Jack Col­back has been in good form this sea­son and is avail­able again after com­plet­ing his sus­pen­sion.

But Clau­dio Ya­cob also made an im­pres­sive de­but against Sh­effield United last week­end, along­side Ad­lene Gue­dioura, who also per­formed well for the Reds, as they notched up a 1-0 win over the Blades.

With Ben Wat­son also push­ing for a re­turn to the side, Karanka has some qual­ity op­tions in the heart of the pitch.

But the Reds boss says he knows who he is go­ing to play - and that his de­ci­sion will only be vin­di­cated if For­est se­cure the right re­sult.

“I know, al­ready, who is go­ing to play,” said Karanka.

“After the game, if I play with Clau­dio and we win, noth­ing will be said. If we lose, peo­ple will say that I should have played Jack.

“If I pick Jack, and we lose, peo­ple will say I should not have played him - but I know this.

“This is my job and, once again, I will try to make the right de­ci­sion.

“It is an easy de­ci­sion for me to make.”

Karanka of­fered fresh praise for Ya­cob, fol­low­ing his first ap­pear­ance for the Reds.

Al­though it re­mains to be seen whether that is a hint at what his start­ing line-up might be, against Gary Rowett’s side.

“I was re­ally pleased for Clau­dio, be­cause when you ar­rive to a team in the Cham­pi­onship, hav­ing played for the last six sea­sons in the Premier League, you want to play,” said Karanka.

“But he un­der­stood per­fectly, what his sit­u­a­tion was. He was work­ing re­ally hard and has been since he ar­rived here.

“When he got his chance he played re­ally well.

“It was a dif­fi­cult game, be­cause Jack is an im­por­tant player for us. But we did not miss Jack and we did not miss Foxy. That was the main thing. The play­ers who played in their po­si­tions - Clau­dio and Michael

Jack Col­back is avail­able again after sus­pen­sion

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