Football - Henderson out for Forest

Nottingham Forest will be without the suspended Darius Henderson when they travel to Middlesbrough.

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Henderson was sent off late in the first half against npower Championship leaders Cardiff on Saturday as the Reds went on to lose 3-0 in the Welsh capital, their first defeat in 11 matches since Billy Davies returned for his second spell as manager.

Henderson was shown a straight red card for violent conduct after allegedly elbowing Heidar Helguson and he will begin a three-game ban at the Riverside Stadium.

Fellow striker Simon Cox was omitted from the squad against Cardiff. It is understood that this may have been because he was on nine yellow cards for the season and a 10th against the Bluebirds would have resulted in him missing two of Forest's remaining four fixtures through suspension.

Saturday saw all yellow cards wiped out and the accumulation of bookings will no longer result in bans this campaign so Cox should rejoin the squad.

Stephen McLaughlin (ankle) remains the only injury absentee. The winger is still waiting for his first taste of first-team action since joining the Reds from Derry City in January.

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