They do say one man’s misery is another’s fortune.
And with Carl Jenkinson suffering yet another injury just as he was starting to get going as a Nottingham Forest player, the door might just have swung open for a player who is yet to make his senior bow for the two-time European champions.
18-year-old Rezart Rema has started each of Forest’s last three U23 games, winning against Cardiff and Ipswich Town before the international break. And while he has looked more than comfortable at centre-half on occasions, a teenager who moved to the banks of the river Trent from Olympiakos over the summer is a right-back by trade. Opportunity knocks.
After all, Sabri Lamouchi has demonstrated a refreshing faith in youth since taking over at the City Ground, including Brennan Johnson and Jayden Richardson in his first-team squad at the start of the Championship season.
£2 million summer signing Jenkinson is expected to miss the next few weeks with a knee injury, as reported by the Nottingham Post, while Tendayi Darikwa, the only other senior right-back in Forest’s squad, is not expected to return from his own injury problems until the end of the season.
That leaves Matty Cash, the winger who has been transformed into a rampaging full-back by Lamouchi, under pressure to continue his fine start to the season as Forest look to build on a promising run of form before the international break.
But with a hectic fixture schedule looming, including a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal, Lamouchi will be aware of the need to rotate his squad to keep everybody fit and fresh. Could this open the door for Albanian utility man Rama to make his first ever appearance in senior football?
With Jenkinson and Darikwa out of action, and with Richardson on loan at Exeter City, don’t be surprised if a debut is on the cards for Forest’s most under-the-radar summer signing.
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