Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has suggested that Joao Carvalho’s potential future at the City Ground has not been affected by him missing out on the match day squad last weekend.
Carvalho was left out of the squad for the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Reading on Saturday, with Lamouchi preferring the likes of Joe Lolley, Albert Adomah and Alex Mighten as his attacking options from the bench, with Tiago Silva and Tammy Ameobi starting.
The attacking midfielder has been linked with a potential move away from the City Ground this month, having found himself in and out of the starting line-up for Forest so far this season – and he has struggled to replicate the sort of creative form he showed at time last term.
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Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Lamouchi suggested that Carvalho’s omission from the squad last weekend does not mean he is nearing a move away from the club, but he also suggested he wants to see more from the 22-year-old, saying: “Absolutely not, there is nothing to read into it. I need him. It was just the plan for that game.
“The plan for that game was clear in my mind; it was so perfect, but unfortunately we just got one point.
“It was a tactical choice. They all want to be involved, because the results are good and the atmosphere is good.
“They all want to be part of this project. But I can only put 11 players on the pitch and seven on the bench.
“I must make some choices, and my choice is for the team and for the club. There will probably be some mistakes, probably.
“But I am 100 percent with the project and focused on that.”
Lamouchi has certainly sent down a challenge for Carvalho by leaving him out of the squad last weekend at Reading, which shows that the Frenchman is needing to see more from the attacking midfielder if he is going to give him more chances to start over the next few weeks.
The Reds, though, could still so with Carvalho’s presence in their squad, and if he can respond to being omitted from the squad in a positive way, then he could potentially come back into the fold and make a real difference for the Forest.
It will be interesting to see whether Carvalho is named in the squad for the Reds’ clash with Luton Town on Sunday, and that could well reveal a lot about whether the 22-year-old has responded in training in a positive way to last weekend’s omission.