Harry Kewell is expecting an entertaining and full throttle contest when the Reds host Notts County at the Checkatrade Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
The Head Coach pits his wits against fellow former Premier League player Kevin Nolan, and insisted that both sides would be looking to be competitive with the two ex top flight footballers in opposing dugouts.
"It's sure to be an aggressive game, but an entertaining one as well," he told the gathered media on Friday morning.
"I'm sure as fellow former players who've played against each other, we'll both know what we're going to bring with our respective sides.
"It'll be tough, they're on a good run, but we've already shown this season we can rise to challenges and tough oppositon, so this weekend is no different, we approach every game in the same way."
The Australian was asked about a variety of topics during his weekly meeting with the local press, and as well as look ahead to the contest with the Magpies, he also shed some light on the injury situation with striker Thomas Verheydt who was absent from the team photograph on Thursday morning.
"Unfortunately the injury Thomas picked up against Charlton at the end of last month is worse than we initially feared," he continued.
"He's having treatment back in Holland, and in terms of a timescale for when we'll see him back I'd said we're probably looking at around a month.
"He's a great professional though, with a great attitude, and so that ticks all the boxes for me."
The side will be looking to get back to winning ways on home turf, having suffered a defeat to Colchester United and battled to a draw against Stevenage on both Saturday and Tuesday respectively away from home during the past week.
"We just have to keep doing working hard and the way we always have," Harry insisted.
"Saturday was obivously disappointing but on Tuesday I was really happy with the way tboys responded to going a goal behind just before half-time.
"The spirirt they showed to not only get back into the game but to then nearly win it too really pleased me - so we'll be raring to go again this weekend."
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