As well as being unbeaten in their last five league games, Forest will come into this game on a high after booking a place in the FA Cup quarter-final this Monday, setting up a fixture against Liverpool at the end of March. In turn, that win has extended Forest’s unbeaten run to seven in all competitions.
Reading come into this fixture off the back of a lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Millwall, a result that made it back-to-back Championship defeats for the Royals who now find themselves five points away from the relegation zone. Reading will be hoping for a rare win at the City Ground to steer them away from the danger zone, a stadium they haven’t won at since November 2013.
Cooper is faced with a positive selection headache ahead of this match though, with goalkeeper Brice Samba back from suspension.
Ethan Horvath covered in goal for the Reds during Samba’s three-game suspension and barely put a foot wrong, earning himself a start against Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup when Samba became eligible again.
"I see it as a very competitive, hard-working goalkeeping department at the moment," Steve Cooper said to Nottinghamshire Live Sport ahead of this fixture.
"I just see it as it should be - goalkeepers working really hard and pushing each other to try to get in the team. It’s as simple as that, really."
Reading have been hit hard by injuries this season and with Arsenal loanee Karl Hein returning to his parent club after being ruled out for the season with a finger injury, news of Josh Laurent’s potential return will be welcomed by Royals fans.
However, it is possible that this fixture may come too soon for Laurent. Speaking ahead of the game at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Reading interim boss Paul Ince said: "You can't throw players like Scott Dann and Josh Laurent straight back in. They've been out for four or five weeks."
Felipe Araruna and Dejan Tetek remain long-term absentees for Reading.
Nottingham Forest: Horvath, Worrall, Cook, McKenna, Spence, Lowe, Yates, Colback, Garner, Johnson, Davis
Reading: Southwood, Yiadom, Morrison, Dann, McIntyre, Drinkwater, Rinomhota, Ince, Swift, Hoilett, Joao
Ones to watch
Ryan Yates has scored two injury-time equalisers for Forest in the last four league games as well as scoring the winner against Huddersfield in the FA Cup last time out.
Lucas Joao has scored six goals in his last nine league appearances, all before the 25th minute. If the forward is fit enough to play in this fixture, Forest will look to nullify any threat from the Portuguese striker.
It was the first game for the Royals after being deducted six points by the EFL and their fans will be hoping for a similar kind of determination this time out.
How to watch
This match is on Saturday, March 12, and kicks off at 15:00 GMT. This game is unavailable to watch in the UK and Ireland but can be live streamed via either club website for those abroad.