Michael Hefele is currently injured and nearing a return for Nottingham Forest, but his future at the City Ground remains uncertain. The 28-year-old has been sidelined since January with an achilles problem and will find himself low down the pecking order when he’s back in the first-team. Hefele has been made available for sale, however, which suggests he could be moved on without making another appearance.
The German centre-back has featured on 18 occasions since joining Forest from Huddersfield Town in August 2018, but he came under a lot of criticism for his performances prior to his injury. Sabri Lamouchi has Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson, Yohan Benalouane, Chema, Jack Robinson and Alexander Milosevic at his disposal too, so Hefele is likely to find himself on the periphery regardless.
This could see him consider a move away from Forest at the earliest available opportunity. If Hefele returns to training before the end of August, he could still be targeted by clubs overseas – the summer transfer window shuts before September. The 28-year-old wouldn’t be a big loss to Lamouchi, having only been on the winning team four times in 15 Championship appearances, but finding a suitor is vital.