Nottingham Forest now know what they have to work with until January, with the Reds’ ranks still including one Alexander Milosevic.

That really shouldn’t feel like a surprise.

Yet it does in some ways.

Mainly because the Swedish centre-half has become something of an outcast at the City Ground.

Selection calls are Sabri Lamouchi’s to make.

He is in charge and free to pick and choose from those at his disposal as he sees fit.

There must be a reason why he doesn’t fancy Milosevic.

What is it? Who knows.

Fringes

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The 27-year-old is, however, very much on the fringes of the fold.

Which is a standing few could have predicted when witnessing him in action last season.

Acquired during the January transfer window as a relative unknown, Milosevic quickly set about endearing himself to the Forest faithful.

His arrival as a free agent was made to look like quite the coup.

Commanding at the back while offering a threat from set-pieces up top, there was plenty to admire in his game.

It was even suggested that he could come into the reckoning to take the captain’s armband for 2019-20.

Things have headed in completely the opposite direction.

Rather than being an on-field leader, Milosevic has barely had the chance to perform as an off-pitch cheerleader.

He made the bench for a Carabao Cup clash with Fleetwood.

That’s about it.

Michael Dawson and Joe Worrall are the preferred centre-half pairing at present, with Tobias Figueiredo and Chema sharing back-up duties in matchday squads.

Milosevic, who took the No. 6 jersey over the summer, has become a makeweight.

Fellow winter arrival Yohan Benalouane may find himself in a similar position when fit again, while Michael Hefele is now seventh on the depth chart.

Contract

WAYNE ROONEY TO EVERTON IS A JOKE.

So what happens now?

Milosevic and Benalouane are due to be out of contract in the summer of 2020.

Do they sit twiddling their thumbs for eight months until those terms run down?

Maybe a door of redemption will swing open.

For many, Milosevic is deserving of more opportunities than he is getting.

Well, he is considered deserving of an opportunity.

Whether he gets that chance remains to be seen.

For now, he has no minutes, no move – with transfer windows shut – and seemingly no cause for optimism.

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