Hugh Vyvyan will now start the game but Forrester is hoping for a run from the replacements banch.
"Obviously I have not had much rugby in the last month so this would be a great chance to get some game time," he said. "If I get on I would like to impress - and I have never been to Rome before so that's nice too.
"It's just good to be around the squad because I am just desperate to get some rugby. The ribs have been pretty sore and I will continue my rehab next week.
"But I need to get back into a competitive environment and there is nothing better than being involved with your country."
Meanwhile, England A captain Perry Freshwater is confident that enough work has been done to ensure an organised performance from his side tonight.
The three-day process of blending a team has been a challenge to players and coaches alike and with Italy winning the last encounter between the sides at this level, complacency should not be a problem.
Freshwater is matter of fact about the time scale and the problems of putting his team together.
"That's just the way it's worked out." he says. "There are a lot of things you have to do that aren't particularly high intensity, which is what players tend to want from training sessions, but the week has gone well and when we've had to switch on we've managed to do it.
"It's a very big game for us. Personally I think Andy Robinson has made no secret of the fact that there are places up for grabs in the Six Nations. It's pretty exciting in that we have a young squad, with a lot of faces I haven't seen before with being out of the way in France. It's been a matter of getting to know each other quickly and getting some combinations together. Devising a very simple game plan to help the cohesion of the team can be quite refreshing.
"Everyone in the group is professional so I'm sure that we can click in and go into game mode when we have to. That's the bit I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys can do. If we can get that cohesion going it will be very interesting."