Nobody has taken in more game time for Nottingham Forest this season than Joe Worrall, so could it be time to hand him a well-earned break?

Across all competitions, the 22-year-old has sat out only one fixture.

The 5-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Arsenal saw Worrall play no part.

He had previously figured in that competition against Fleetwood and Derby – lifting the Brian Clough Trophy on the back of a 3-0 win over the Rams.

A home-grown star has been an ever-present in the league.

At the halfway stage of the campaign, Worrall has seen a total of 2,153 minutes.

Which is a lot of football.

Is the strain starting to show?

Recent outings have suggested that the well is starting to run a little dry.

Worrall has, for the most part, been a model of consistency for the Reds in 2019-20.

Passion

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He returned from a season-long loan spell at Rangers determined to prove a point with his parent club.

Sabri Lamouchi embraced that passion upon taking the reins.

Local lad made good was handed a starting berth during pre-season and has never looked back.

Changes at the heart of the back four have been made alongside him, with Worrall the one guarantee in that area.

Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo and Chema Rodriguez have all been ‘the other man’.

Tweaks, both enforced and optional, have kept one constant.

On Saturday, with the pack shuffled again, it was Dawson to make way for a trip to Huddersfield.

The club captain has only recently returned to full fitness and the games are coming thick and fast.

Worrall got himself on the scoresheet against the Terriers, but also contributed to set-piece struggles which have become all too familiar.

He also failed to cover himself in glory during the debacle at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Are body and mind feeling a little tired?

Unforgiving

 

In a division as unforgiving as the Championship, lapses in concentration tend to be punished.

Maybe Christmas with the family will help to recharge the batteries.

It could, however, be argued that Worrall stands to benefit from a proper rest.

He still has an important role to play and there are many games still to come.

Getting him back to the peak of his powers will aid that cause, rather than dragging him along for the ride.

Forest cannot afford any passengers at this stage, especially as another December dip has the Reds heading in the wrong direction.

Every game is important, but there are back-to-back outings at the City Ground approaching against Wigan and Blackburn.

Admittedly form on Trentside has been little to write home about, but said games should offer the greatest opportunity in which to mix things up.

Worrall will not want to step aside, putting his place at risk, but maybe the decision should be taken out of his hands.

Even if it is just for 90 minutes.

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