Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall has suggested to The Athletic that former Manchester United and Manchester City stars were his role models growing up.

The Reds defender is currently nursing a broken foot but could be visit to play when Forest travel to Reading in December.

Worrall has only played twice in the league this season and has been a miss at the heart of the Reds’ back four.

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It’s a strange predicament that the centre-back finds himself in having played all 46 of Forest’s games in the Championship last season.

When quizzed about the traits that make an ideal central defensive partner, he mentioned two former Premier League heroes as players he loved to watch.

He told The Athletic: “The ideal partner is a massive, big brute – somebody who is an absolute monster. Vincent Kompany is an example. I used to watch him and Nemanja Vidic and look at how they did things.

“Then, alongside them you would have Des Walker. He was rapid. He could read the game and he was so quick.

“That would be my perfect central defensive partnership. Kompany and Walker.”

Forest will welcome Worrall back into their ranks

Whilst Scott McKenna has proved a tremendous signing to the Forest squad, Tobias Figueiredo has been struggling of late.

The Portuguese performer will surely drop out of the reckoning with Worrall likely to partner the Scotland international.

One thing that the academy graduate can’t be knocked for is his sheer love for the football club.

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Nobody in the Forest ranks will have hurt quite like Worrall with how last season ended and he’ll be keen to make amends.

With the tough winter period set to get into full swing, having Worrall back could be a really big moment for Chris Hughton as he looks to get Forest up the division.

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