Nottingham Forest Under-23s were beaten 2-1 by Middlesbrough on Friday night, with Carl Jenkinson earning a rare outing.

It’s been so long since the 29-year-old played in any game that he could be forgiven for forgetting how to lace up his boots.

Jenkinson has fallen way down the pecking order at first-team level and has hardly played for the under-23s.

It is a bit of a mystery that he’s not been utilised, especially earlier in the campaign when Forest had a shortage of full-backs.

Forest Jenkinson
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The former Arsenal man hasn’t featured in a squad since Forest exited the FA Cup on the 23rd January, losing 5-1 to Steve Cooper’s Swansea outfit.

That day he was particularly poor but not really much worse than any other Reds player in Wales.

Earlier this season young Fin Back got the nod ahead of Jenkinson and that is perhaps surprising.

Chris Hughton so often fancied his experienced players and as a result, it’s bizarre that the man with one England cap wasn’t given the nod.

Jenkinson’s experience couldn’t help Forest’s under-23s claim a win in the North East on Friday.

A late goal ensured that Forest lost the game 2-1, despite Billy Fewster netting for the club for the first time.

What next for Jenkinson at Forest?

Quite simply, the club has to look to move him on. That will be easier said than done, however, given a sizeable wage package and a lack of game time.

The 29-year-old might not have much longer to end his City Ground hell. He is out of contract in the summer, if the club can’t seek to move him on before.

Forest Jenkinson
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On the face of things, Jenkinson always seemed a pretty odd signing. He arrived on the back of 70 appearances in eight years at Arsenal having joined from Charlton.

Nothing against Jenkinson who has likely handled himself like a true professional.

Things just haven’t worked out at Forest though and moving him on would seem like the best option for all parties.

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