Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles believes new Reds manager Martin O’Neill might bring back Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers to add more depth to the defence.

The Championship side’s resources have been stretched with injuries at the back and O’Neill, who is the new Nottingham Forest manager, will want to get the Tricky Trees back on track.

Injuries at the back forced caretaker manager Simon Ireland to play Claudio Yacob in a makeshift centre-back role in Forest's last outing.

Centre-back Danny Fox also picked up a suspension in the side’s 2-0 loss against Reading on Saturday and that further aggravates matters.

Worrall has done well in his loan spell with Rangers, and has featured in 17 games in all competitions for the Gers.

Birtles feels the 22-year old is likely to be recalled considering what O’Neill has at his disposal at the moment.

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“Joe going out on loan was a strange one. A lot of people were puzzled about him being allowed to go up to Scotland”, Birtles was quoted as saying by the Herald.

"I am not surprised he has done so well.

"There’s a possibility he could be brought back down.

“We have got big injury problems in that position at the moment.

"I am sure Martin will look at the bigger picture.”

Nottingham Forest will take on Bristol City in their next game and will hope to get their season back on track.