Nottingham Forest may recall defender Joe Worrall from his loan at Rangers, according to the Daily Record.

The Reds have been hit with a defensive injury crisis and have just two fit central defenders at the moment, Jack Robinson and Michael Hefele.

Experienced centre-back Michael Dawson sustained a hamstring injury in Forest’s win over Ipswich Town in the Championship yesterday and could be ruled out for months, leaving a hole in their defence.

Worrall, who is 21 years-old, joined Rangers on a season-long loan in the summer and has impressed for Steven Gerrard’s side so far in this campaign. However, he could be on his way back to the City Ground prematurely now.

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He is an England Under-21 international with three caps to his name. He joined Nottingham Forest in 2011 and has risen through their youth ranks. Worrall was loaned out to Dagenham and Redbridge in 2016 before breaking into the Forest first-team.

The 6ft 4inc defender made his debut for the Reds in October 2016 in a Championship fixture away at Reading and has since played 55 more games for them.

His loan to Rangers was a surprise due to the fact he is highly-rated by Forest but Aitor Karanka obviously couldn’t guarantee him a starting place this season. The Spanish boss may now recall Worrall though amid his sides’ injury concerns.

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This would be a blow for Rangers and Gerrard as he has slotted in nicely into their defence. It is certainly a story to keep an eye on as the January transfer window looms.

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