Former Rangers loanee Joe Worrall has reportedly picked up a serious injury, seemingly ruining his chances of sealing a multi-million-pound move to the Premier League before the end of the transfer window [Alan Nixon].
The 23-year-old centre-back made 32 appearances for Rangers during the 2018/19 season before returning to parent club Nottingham Forest.
Since then, he’s excelled, remarkably playing the full 90 minutes in all 46 of their Championship fixtures last season.
His performances have reportedly attracted the attention of Burnley, with the top-flight side regularly linked with a swoop this summer.
Earlier this month, the Daily Mail reported that Forest wanted £12 million for Worrall but at that stage it was claimed that the Clarets were only prepared to offer £6m.
Forest manager, Sabri Lamouchi, made it clear that he didn’t want to part with the player [Football League World], but the recent arrival of ex-Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna at the City Ground may have made the owners more willing to sell.
It looks as though no deal will be completed in this window, though, after Sun journalist, Alan Nixon, reported on Twitter that the defender has picked up a serious foot injury and is set to be sidelined well beyond next month’s deadline.
Forest. Burnley. Worrall won’t be going anywhere in a hurry. Foot injury. 5-6 week lay off.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 24, 2020
Injury to Joe Worrall set to end former Rangers loanee’s chances of Premier League move – Verdict
Worrall divided opinion during his time in Glasgow. The centre-back showed promise with a few standout performances, his most notable coming in an Old Firm victory at Ibrox.
However, he also made several high profile errors and faced severe criticism from sections of supporters who suggested that he underestimated the standards expected of Rangers players.
It’ll be a surprise to many of those fans that the defender has been linked with an eight-figure move to the Premier League but young English players always command big fees and after his strong 2019/20 in the second tier, the links will be less surprising for Forest supporters.
As a lifelong Nottingham Forest fan himself, he’s unlikely to be too disheartened if this injury robs him of a big move but it’s clear that his stock is rising.