Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka confirmed this weekend he will look into a potential January recall of Rangers loan star Joe Worrall, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The 21-year-old has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Steven Gerrard’s side this season, becoming a firm fixture in the starting eleven and helping the team to impressive clean sheets against the likes of Spartak Moscow and Villarreal.
Forest though are facing a defensive crisis after an injury to veteran Michael Dawson this weekend, leaving them with just two fit and available central defenders.
Karanka will now look into the terms of Worrall’s loan agreement, admitting that recalling him is an option if Dawson is ruled out for an extended period.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I do not know if we can recall Joe. I do not know how serious it is. It might be a hamstring problem, but we do not know how bad it is. If it is serious and if he [Michael Dawson] is out for more than a week or two, it will be a problem.”
With Connor Goldson the number one pick in defence, the Gers do have players like Gareth McAuley and Nikola Katic to compete for that partnership spot, but Gerrard clearly fancies Worrall and losing him mid-season would be a significant blow to his plans.
Worrall has made no secret of his hopes of playing regularly for Forest either, so he’s unlikely to resist the option making the switch back to the Championship.
This is definitely a situation to watch over the next few days.