According to The Mirror, via The Scottish Sun, Nottingham Forest will not be able to recall defender Joe Worrall from Rangers this January.
This comes after manager Aitor Karanka said that it was an option amongst a crisis at the back for The Reds. However, it has been revealed that the option to recall the England under-21 international is not written into his contract.
Despite playing over 50 Championship games over the two previous seasons at Nottingham Forest, the 6ft 4 21-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements in the summer by manager Aitor Karanka, and was loaned to Rangers.
However, he has become a bit of a favourite at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard this season after some fantastic performances in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League, and there was even speculation that he may make his move to Glasgow permanent.
The one thing that seems clear during this whole saga is that Karanka must regret letting him go. He had been a mainstay for The Reds for two seasons, but was neglected by the Spaniard, who is now paying the price.
With injuries and suspensions in the Forest ranks, there seems to be a serious dearth in quality in defence. And as we approach a crucial phase in the season, Karanka will not want to be fielding second rate teams as he chases promotion to the Premier League. Worrall would have alleviated his concerns, but he ultimately has himself to blame for this current lean period.