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Report: Benfica likely to recall Nottingham Forest man Diogo Goncalves

Nottingham Forest's Portuguese midfielder Diogo Goncalves (L) vies with Burton Albion's English defender Kyle McFadzeanduring the English League Cup fourth round football match between...

Goncalves has struggling since moving to Forest on loan.

Diogo Goncalves of Nottingham Forest is challenged by Stephen Quinn of Burton Albion during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Burton Albion and Nottingham Forest at Pirelli...

Portuguese outlet A Bola have claimed that Benfica are set to recall Diogo Goncalves from his Nottingham Forest loan after the versatile attacker struggles to make the cut at the City Ground.

The 21-year-old moved to Championship side Forest in the summer on loan from Benfica until the end of the season, with high hopes surrounding the player after making 13 senior Benfica appearances prior to his move.


But it has simply not worked out or Goncalves, with the likes of Ben Osborn and Joe Lolley starring in Karanka's starting line-up. The 13-time Portugal Under-21 international has managed just six appearances for Forest.

He has failed to make the Forest squad since October, last featuring in the Carabao Cup in which he played all 90 minutes of his side's 3-2 loss to League One side Burton Albion.

Daryl Murphy of Nottingham Forest is congratulated on scoring the second goal by Diogo Goncalves during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City at City...

The report claims Benfica are likely to bring him back to Portugal this month, and will be looking to throw him out on loan again but to a team that can promise the attacker more first-team football.

It remains to be seen if such a move will occur in the coming days, as the January transfer window begins to hot up. Goncalves is one of four Portuguese players in the squad, along with Tobias Figuerido, Joao Carvalho and Gil Dias.

Harry Souttar of Stoke City and Diogo Gonçalves of Nottingham Forest in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City at City Ground on September...

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