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20th November 2002 17:48

BY IAN WILKERSON, Evening Post, 20 November 2002

Former Forest midfielder Keith Foy will be given the chance to impress Mansfield boss Stuart Watkiss when he plays in a reserve friendly today.

Foy was released from the City Ground at the end of last week after falling out of favour with Reds' boss Paul Hart.

He played 20 games the season before last under former Forest boss David Platt, but failed to make much of an impression under Hart. After playing the first two league games of last season, he did not get a first-team start.

But the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has been training with the Stags for the last couple of days and was due to make an appearance in a match against Shrewsbury and the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall.

Stags assistant manager Neil Richardson said: "Keith has been training with us for a few days and we are taking the opportunity to have a look at him.

"At the moment, he needs to get games under his belt, but we have had a problem on the left side all season."

Former Forest reserve striker David Freeman was also expected to play in the match that has been arranged as the Stags' second string are without a league fixture.

Mansfield have also been boosted by the news that Bobby Hassell has returned to training after a knee injury that has left him a virtual spectator so far this season.

Defenders David Jervis and Dion Scott will also feature as they fight their way back from their respective foot and shoulder injuries.

Richardson added: "We are planning for Bobby to have 45 minutes but it is going to be too early for Allen Tankard.

"Hopefully, he will be back in action when we play in the league next week."

Meanwhile, Mark Lever remains hopeful he will be able to play against his old club Bristol City at Field Mill on Saturday.

The 32-year-old defender suffered a shin injury in a training-ground tackle with Neil MacKenzie and missed the FA Cup clash with Team Bath.

He said: "Hopefully, I will be back in training tomorrow.

"I thought it might have been all right for the Bath game but there was no point rushing back for one game and then missing the next five or six weeks."


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