Nottingham Forest midfielder Orel Mangala is hoping to force his way into the Belgium squad ahead of the World Cup.

The player was signed from VfB Stuttgart during the summer but had struggled with a hamstring problem.

He picked up the injury in the team’s third game of the season at Everton and missed several weeks of action.

Mangala is now fit, however, but he’s failed to win a start in Steve Cooper’s team since returning.

Mangala Belgium squad
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The head coach is desperately trying to get his team settled and has gone with other options in recent weeks.

Mangala now had two games to try and earn a chance to showcase what he can bring to Roberto Martinez’s squad.

The Forest man has already got one Belgium cap to his name and he’s hoping to force his way into contention again.

He’s told The Independent: “I expected to play a lot more but then I got the injury.

“I worked hard to be able to play again and now I feel good and ready to enjoy the Premier League.

“I know I’m a candidate (for the World Cup). They are in contact with the staff here and they always give good feedback.”

Mangala hoping to force his way into Belgium squad

Even if his time doesn’t come this year, Mangala will be a force with his country at some point in his career.

The player was starting to show his class when injury struck. Now, the Reds will hope to get him back in the team soon.

Mangala did win a start at Brighton and that will have given him some confidence.

Mangala Belgium squad
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With two home games now to come, the Reds will hope to give the 24-year-old some game time before the World Cup.

Cooper has preferred Cheikhou Kouyate, Ryan Yates and Remo Freuler during the last two games.

After losing 5-0 at Arsenal, however, Cooper might ring the chances when Brentford arrive at the City Ground.

If he does, Mangala will hope to get the chance to show Martinez what he can do.

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