Ward ruled-out for the season

Last updated : 28 March 2004 By Daniel Mounser
The 28-year-old Wales international, who has been a virtual ever-present since arriving from Notts County on a free transfer under David Platt, will undergo an operation on his spine.

Forest boss Joe Kinnear said: "I had to act quickly to get Paul (Gerrard) in because Wardy has got to go in for an operation on his spine and he's not likely to be available again until the early part of next season,"
Gerrard made an impressive debut against Crewe on Saturday and looks set to keep Barry Roche on the substitute's bench for the remainder of the season.

Marlon King's two goals lifted the Reds three points clear of the drop zone with a tough trip to Sheffield United coming next for Kinnear's men.