Aitor Karanka has revealed that he plans to see if he can recall Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers, with Nottingham Forest suffering an injury crisis at the back. Tobias Figueiredo picked up a three-match ban in Forest’s 5-5 draw with Aston Villa while Michael Dawson picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win over Ipswich Town.
Michael Hefele was already drafted in to replace Figueiredo while Jack Robinson moved inside for Dawson. Karanka will likely have to start the pair at centre-back for Saturday’s meeting with Ipswich Town but may have the option to bring Worrall back from his loan at Ibrox.
When asked if recalling the 21-year-old would be a possibility, Karanka said to Nottingham Live: “I do not know if we can recall him. I need to check what the terms of the contract are”. Worrall has made 12 appearances in all competitions for Rangers this season but has found himself dropped in their last two Premiership games.
If the centre-back is no longer commanding a starting place at Rangers, he may be open to a Forest return. Worrall was axed at the City Ground during the second-half of last season and said having to leave the club was a “sucker punch”, but he may also be weary of what happens when Dawson and Figueiredo return.
His loan at Rangers was for the season, so it would be a gamble to cut the deal short. If a recall clause is in his contract, Forest would have the final say.