Nottingham Forest are 30 games into their 2019-20 Championship campaign, and Joe Worrall has taken in every single minute.

He is the only player in the Reds squad in a position to claim as much.

Others have figured prominently.

Ben Watson has also made 30 team sheets, but has been taken off on three occasions.

Lewis Grabban has been subbed in twice and removed from the fold six times.

Tiago Silva and Sammy Ameobi have also graced every second tier fixture at some stage.

Worrall, though, stands alone when it comes to ever-present.

That leaves him well on course to hit a mark that no Forest player has managed since 2011-12.

And no outfield player since a year prior to that.

Lee Camp – who is back in the collective conscience of Reds supporters following his penalty-saving antics on Saturday – was the last man to see every minute of a Championship season.

Said achievement can be considered easier to achieve for goalkeepers.

Impressive

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They are, on the whole, not asked to push their bodies quite as hard as those lining up in front of them.

Which makes Wes Morgan’s efforts from nine years ago all the more impressive.

‘The Mighty Oak’ stood strong at the heart of Forest’s back four across 48 outings in 2010-11.

Billy Davies guided the Reds to the play-offs that season.

Morgan did not miss a beat through 4,320 minutes of action.

A fellow academy graduate and defensive colossus is looking to follow in illustrious footsteps.

Worrall still has some way to go.

There are 16 games left on Forest’s schedule, with the hope being that a few more will be added if automatic promotion proves out of reach.

If Sabri Lamouchi’s side were to reach the play-off final, then Worrall could rise above Morgan and post a new high.

He will need to steer clear of injury and suspension in order to make that happen.

There has been no indication of the 23-year-old being handed a rest.

His only breaks have come in cup outings against Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Chelsea.

Regulars

 

When it comes to league outings, Worrall is very much a go-to man.

Camp and Morgan once filled that category.

Others have also broken through the 4,000-minute barrier in recent times.

Camp achieved that feat on three occasions, Morgan on two.

Chris Gunter figured in 44 games and two play-off outings in 2009-10, as did Chris Cohen.

Luke Chambers (4,094) was a regular in 2010-11 and Dorus De Vries (4,050) between the sticks in 2015-16.

Ben Osborn saw 4,007 minutes of action in 2016-17, while Costel Pantilimon dipped just below that mark last season.

The towering Romanian shot-stopper started and finished 44 of Forest’s 46 games in 2019-20, with Luke Steele stepping in for two cover outings.

Worrall has reached 2,700 minutes this term, with the promise of more to come.

Should he steer clear of knocks and bans then there is every reason to believe that he can set a notable record at the start of a new decade.

He is, after all, proving to be an immovable object.

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