Nottingham Forest have expressed their desire to recall Joe Worrall from his loan spell at Rangers amidst injury concerns, but they could be forced to fight tooth and nail to pull it off, according to the Nottingham Post.

The Tricky Trees are aiming to kick-start a new chapter under Martin O’Neill on Saturday against Bristol City, but face a tough ask owing to the lengthy list of injuries in defence.

All of Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele and Tobias Figueiredo are injured while Danny Fox is suspended, which leaves the club in a crisis with Jack Robinson being the only fit central-defender at the moment.

O’Neill is keen on recalling Worrall from his loan spell in Glasgow, but Nottingham Forest could face frustration owing to a clause in the loan agreement between the clubs.

The defender has already started 15 games for Rangers, while also making two substitute appearances in all competitions, which will trigger a clause in the agreement that will force him to remain in Glasgow until the end of the season.

Despite the clause binding Worrall to Rangers for the remainder of the season, Forest could still recall him if they can convince Rangers to tear up the current agreement, which would subsequently result in financial penalties for the parent club.

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And the Championship outfit are desperate to bring back Worrall to the City Ground, especially considering the long list of absentees in defence for them at the moment.

Worrall, who was the subject of a rejected bid from Burnley last January, has made 53 appearances at senior level for Nottingham Forest since making his debut in 2016.