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Crossley: A big boost for Nottingham Forest having Joe Worrall back 

Former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Mark Crossley believes it’s a big boost having Joe Worrall back in the team.

The 24-year-old centre-back missed the opening few fixtures of Nottingham Forests campaign with a calf problem but returned to captain the side in the clubs recent 1-1 draw against rivals Derby County.

Worrall featured 33 times for Nottingham Forest last season, scoring one goal and providing one assist and helped the Reds to a 17th place finish in the Championship. Chris Hughton’s side have started the new season in poor form as they have only managed to get one point from a possible 15 and currently sit bottom of the league table.

Worrall was linked with a move away from the City Ground this summer, with Premier League side Southampton interested in him according to Hampshire Live, but the centre-back remained with Forest beyond the deadline and Crossley believes it’s a big boost to have him back in the Forest side.

“Brilliant boost, he’s going to be a top player, put it that way, and he’s another one whose team’s not doing very well. You wouldn’t be surprised he’s back fit now, he’s back in the team, he leads by example, really good player, really good lad, he’s going to have a really, really brilliant future.

“Forest have got to keep him and it’s going to be difficult to keep him at the club because the start to the season hasn’t been good at all,” Crossley told Football FanCast.

After getting their first point on the board against Derby, you would imagine that Forest will look to build on that and help push them up the Championship table and clear of the relegation zone.