Opinion: Nottingham Forest duo should start against Luton despite 26-year-old’s international form

Steve Cooper has a few selection headaches ahead of Nottingham Forest’s return to the City Ground this Saturday against Luton Town.

Players like Odysseas Vlachodimos and Matt Turner have excelled over the international break, but his major concern may be at center-back.

Scott McKenna has played 90 minutes in both of Scotland’s games this international break, and the 26-year-old has performed admirably.

The Reds defender was solid against Spain before putting up a solid showing in last night’s 4-1 loss to France.

Murillo and Boly still deserve to start against Luton

Despite McKenna’s solid displays for his nation, Murillo and Willy Boly should both start against Luton on Saturday afternoon.


Nottingham Forest suffer Willy Boly and Scott McKenna injury woe and want  Steve Cook back in squad


After keeping a clean sheet away at Crystal Palace before the break, the pair have quickly built a good relationship.

Both have exceeded all expectations, with Murillo making an immediate impact in the first team after joining from Corinthians for £13 million this summer.

The Brazilian showed his talent on the ball against Roy Hodgson’s side with his passing range and a mazy run that almost resulted in his maiden Forest goal.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it

Keeping clean sheets has been a problem for Cooper’s team since their return to the Premier League.

Boly and Murillo kept one in only their second appearance together as a tandem, with a huge opportunity for them both to clinch continuous first-team spots.

Both deserve a chance to make it two clean sheets in a straight this Saturday after their performances at Selhurst Park.

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