Hull City's Michael Dawson could be denied second Nottingham Forest return

Nottingham Forest's manager Aitor Karanka looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Hull,...

The former Nottingham Forest defender saw deadline day move to the City Ground blocked by Hull City.

Michael Dawson of Hull City looks dejected as they are relegated to the Championship after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on May 14, 2017 in...

Hull City's Michael Dawson looks set to be denied a return to Nottingham Forest for the second time in less than two weeks.

The former Forest defender saw deadline day move to the City Ground blocked by the Tigers, and it is claimed the Reds will work hard to resurrect the deal at the end of the season [Nottingham Post].

And Hull could have little say in the matter then, when Dawson will be free to talk to other clubs upon the expiry of his contract.

The 34-year-old was due back on Trentside as early as this weekend, however, with Hull Forest's visitors in the Championship.

General View of the the Brian Clough stand before the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

But according to his manager, Nigel Adkins, Dawson is unlikely to recover from the injury which kept him out of Saturday's defeat at Preston North End.

Discussing his captain's future with the Hull Daily Mail, Adkins said: "I want Michael to be the captain and the leader, I didn’t want him to go on deadline day but things go on and it’s very frustrating.

"I made my stance perfectly clear I didn’t want Michael to go, he’s captain of the club and I want him to extend his stay here, that’s been my stance all the way through and that isn’t changing.

"Whatever the situation is Dawson is still a Hull City player, he has been struggling with a groin injury. He said it himself, I’m not blagging it, I’m serious.

"I’ve got a lot of time for Michael Dawson. We’re in a relegation battle and the last thing I want to do is lose the captain and the leader of our football club and that’s Michael Dawson. He’s very good at that and I have a lot of respect for him and the way he is and the way he has been for this club over the years.

"I can’t see him being fit next week against Nottingham Forest and we’ll have to see where we go from there. It’s in Michael’s interest to be fit and playing and it’s in our interest too."

Michael Dawson of Spurs celebrates at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on October 20, 2013 in Birmingham,...

Dawson spent eight years on Nottingham Forest's books before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur, alongside then teammate Andy Reid, in January 2005.

The former England international returned north to sign for Hull three-and-a-half years ago, and helped them to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2016.

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