It’d be quite easy for Nottingham Forest fans to forget the name, Mohamed Drager. Now, the forgotten Reds performer has booked his place at the winter’s World Cup in Qatar with Tunisia confirming their place.

The AFCON quarter-finalists drew 0-0 with Mali last night. That sent Jalel Kadri’s men through 1-0 on aggregate following a first-leg victory was secured last week.

Drager played the full 90 minutes for his country. Following his January loan move to FC Luzern in Switzerland, it would seem as though he’s back in favour with his country.

The 25-year-old signed for Forest on transfer deadline day in August. He made just one substitute appearance for the Reds; whilst he also turned out twice for the under-23 outfit.

Tunisia v Egypt: Semi-Final - FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021
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First team football was hard to come by though. For whatever reason, Steve Cooper didn’t truly fancy him and even with Djed Spence unavailable at Middlesbrough, the head coach turned to young Fin Back instead.

Drager has rediscovered himself in Switzerland. He’s helped Luzern experience an upturn in fortunes, scoring three goals and claiming three assists from nine appearances.

It’s not sure what Forest paid for the man with 29 caps for his country. It’s fair to say, however, that he looks to be on borrowed time at the City Ground and could find himself sold in the summer.

Forest must cut Drager adrift in the summer

Cooper is a sound head coach. After choosing to loan out the right-back in January, it would appear that the international star has run out of time to impress the Welshman.

Drager is a decent player. He would suit the right wing-back role perfectly but for whatever reason, Cooper just hasn’t felt the need to give him a go.

Tunisia v Egypt: Semi-Final - FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021
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A loan made perfect sense in January and if Luzern hold an option to buy him then perhaps it’s a move that would suit all parties.

Drager will want to play football in the first half of 2022/23. With a World Cup to look forward to, he can’t risk sitting on the bench and missing out on the massive occasion.

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