According to The Daily Record, Nottingham Forest’s new manager Martin O’Neill could potentially recall 22-year-old centre-back Joe Worrall from his loan.
The England under-21 international is currently on loan at Scottish giants Rangers, and has received a lot of admiration from manager Steven Gerrard in Glasgow.
Despite making over 50 appearances for Nottingham Forest in the Championship in the two seasons prior to this one, it was made clear that Worrall was not part of former manager Aitor Karanka’s plans at the beginning of the season. This was due to a large number of signings for The Reds, leaving the Toulon Tournament winner free to move to Ibrox on loan.
His spell in Scotland has been a mixed bag, as he has come in and out of the team. Gerrard has spoken very highly of him, but the proof would be in whether he consistently picks him, which he has not.
However, Nottingham Forest have been severely depleted in recent weeks when it comes to their centre-backs, which has actually seen midfielder Claudio Yacob playing there in recent fixtures. The Argentinian has not performed particularly well there, but he cannot be blamed. But that is nonetheless symptomatic of how much Forest are struggling with their defence this season.
With the combination of a lot of players equally being out of form, it would make sense for Forest to recall Worrall. In fact, it would be senseless not to, given the fact that two defenders got red cards at the weekend, meaning they will be depleted even further. O’Neill has no grudges with Worrall and should bring him in from the cold to save The Reds’ season.