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Are Forest In Danger Of Losing Karl Darlow?

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Having already sold Karl Darlow to Newcastle United but getting him back on loan, are Forest now in danger of losing their goalkeeper earlier than expected?

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The news that Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles had both been sold to Newcastle came as something of a shock to Forest supporters this summer, but those significant concerns were allayed slightly when it was announced that the pair would be returning to the City Ground on loan for the season.

In truth, Stuart Pearce could probably cope with the loss of Lascelles, who has again demonstrated his rawness and inconsistency this season, too often backing off an advancing attacker and allowing a shot. Darlow, however, remains vital for any promotion push.

Unfortunately, the short-term future of Darlow may be less than secure, with Newcastle suffering a goalkeeper crisis of their own. Tim Krul is suffering from an ankle injury, and against Chelsea on Saturday reserve Rob Elliot injured his thigh. He was replaced by academy goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who made his debut.

Normally, Premier League loans would permit Newcastle to sign an emergency loan goalkeeper given that they have two out through injury, and there were rumours about Mark Schwarzer or Shay Given arriving at St James' Park.

However, the Premier League have announced that Newcastle will not be allowed to bring in a goalkeeper on loan, because they have both Alnwick and Darlow on their books. In the eyes of the Premier League both goalkeepers are fit registered players.

That leaves Forest potentially vulnerable, with neither Krul nor Elliot expected back until mid-January. Although there is no recall clause in the loan deal for Darlow, Newcastle could make Forest a financial offer in order to take Darlow to the North East.

Let's just say it isn't an appetising thought, so we're pretending it can't happen.