IAN Holloway is hopeful that David Forde's muscle strain is not serious – but will be more than happy if Stephen Bywater starts against Sheffield Wednesday.
Forde was forced off during the win over Ipswich Town on Saturday after tweaking his thigh.
Holloway believes the 34-year-old has been over-working his leg muscles this campaign by pumping the ball forward too often – and wants to make changes to his distribution.
But the Lions manager was pleased with the performance of Bywater when he came off the bench against the Tractor Boys.
"Forde's strained a thigh muscle because he has been striking a long balls which drop where we won't take many risks," said Holloway.
"Hopefully he'll strain an arm muscle soon because I'll be getting him to throw it out.
"If you look at the two times we tried that against Ipswich, we did not have enough support and put ourselves under pressure.
"What should happen is the goalkeeper throws it out, we will do loads of little passes and then try to hit a switch across the field. We'll get there.
"Hopefully Fordey will be fine. But Bywater put in a fantastic performance – he came off the bench, freezing cold but looked like he'd started the game.
"I can't believe I have such good goalkeepers, I must say."