Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is expected to return to the touchline for his side's home game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday after appealing against the three-match ban he received for improper conduct.

Davies has served a two-game ban after admitting a charge of misconduct for using abusive language towards a referee during the 2-2 draw with Leicester City at the City Ground on 19th February, but he denies making contact with the referee in the tunnel and has appealed against the improper conduct charge.

A statement on www.thefa.com read: "Davies has already served a two-match touchline ban after admitting one charge of misconduct for using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards the Match Referee after the fixture.

"However, he has appealed against the Independent Regulatory Commission's decision that he also deliberately made contact with the Match Referee following the fixture, which amounted to improper conduct.

"An Appeal Board will convene on Wednesday 19th March 2014 to consider the appeal.

"His three-match touchline ban has been stayed until the outcome of the appeal and Davies will, therefore, be eligible to return to the touchline for Forest's fixture against Doncaster Rovers this Saturday [15 March 2014]."