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15 September 2016

Our guide to the Tricky Trees

NORWICH City visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday, September 17 (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what the Canaries will come up against at the City Ground.

Philippe Montanier was appointed as head coach of Nottingham Forest in June, signing a two-year deal to become the permanent successor to Dougie Freedman who left the club in March.

A goalkeeper during his playing days, the Frenchman began his managerial career with a prolonged spell in charge of Bolougne which culminated in promotion to Ligue 1 in 2009.

Following two seasons at Valenciennes, Montanier was offered the job at La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in July 2011; going on to lead them to Champions League qualification at the end of the 2012-13 campaign.

He turned down a new contract with Sociedad just prior to that season's conclusion, opting instead to return to his homeland by agreeing to take over at Rennes.

Remaining with the Red and Blacks up until January of this year, his arrival at Forest saw him become the first non-British manager in the club's 151-year history.

Nottingham Forest are continuing to make good progress despite being pegged back late on in their 2-2 draw at Rotherham United on Wednesday night, according to head coach Philippe Montanier.

The Reds held a 2-1 lead going into the closing stages in South Yorkshire, only for Jon Taylor's strike three minutes from time to ensure a share of the spoils in a game which Forest had largely dominated.

"We played a good game and our second half performance was very strong," Montanier told after the match.

"The players give everything for the cause and I felt like we deserved the victory. I'm very proud that we just keep going so we're heading in the right direction."

Montanier also confirmed two players are set for injury returns against the Canaries this weekend, as he added: "Chris Cohen will hopefully be back for the game and Hildeberto Pereira will be back as well.

"Britt Assombalonga is returning from his injury but he needs more training sessions to be fit to play."

Greek striker Apostolos Vellios is looking to make the most of his second spell in English football, having joined Nottingham Forest from Iraklis Salonika in July.

The 24-year-old spent three-and-a-half years with Everton from January 2011, but only ever started two Premier League games for the Toffees before being released two years ago.

A relatively unsuccessful spell with Belgian side Lierse followed, with the forward farmed out on loan to Danish outfit FC Vestsjaelland six months after joining the club.

Moving back to his homeland last summer, Vellios rejoined Iraklis; the Thessaloniki-based team where he initially broke through as a teenager.

Possibly buoyed by familiar surroundings, he enjoyed something of a rejuvenation in terms of form, prompting Forest to make their move.

Vellios has made a positive start to life at the City Ground, most recently netting a superb bicycle-kick in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw at Rotherham United.

Goalkeepers: Stephen Henderson, Vladimir Stojkovic, Jordan Smith.

Defenders: Eric Lichaj, Daniel Pinillos, Michael Mancienne, Matt Mills, Armand Traore, Ben Osborn, Daniel Fox, Hildeberto Pereira, Jack Hobbs, Damien Perquis, Thomas Lam, Joe Worrall, Jordan Gabriel.

Midfielders: Chris Cohen (c), Henri Lansbury, Mustapha Carayol, Lica, Patjim Kasami, David Vaughan, Jorge Grant, Matty Cash.

Forwards: Matty Fryatt, Britt Assombalonga, Nicolao Dumitru, Nicklas Bendtner, Apostolos Vellios, James Thorne.

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