We Don’t Want Ashkan Dejagah to Miss World Cup: Aitor Karanka
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Nottingham Forest coach Aitor Karanka says they don’t want to take a risk with Ashkan Dejagah who is recovering from a foot injury.
Dejagah only signed a short-term deal until the end of the season when he joined as a free agent during the January window – but Karanka saw enough of him on the training ground to believe he could be worth having another look at, Nottinghampost.com reported.
“I don’t know, because I don’t know how many weeks he will be out for just yet,” said Karanka, when asked if Dejagah has a chance of playing for Forest again this season. “But I think it is unlikely."
“I don’t want to take a risk with him; to try to push him back quickly, only for him to get injured again. I do not want him to miss the World Cup. We need to be careful with him. He came here to help us and we need to help him. He is a very good player and a very good character," he added.
“He is trying to get fit as soon as possible because he wants to play here; he is desperate to play for Forest. But we must take the right steps for him.”
“Maybe we would look at that, yes. The only experience I have with him was for two or three weeks, when he was training with us, before his injury,” said Karanka, about the former Wolfsburg, Fulham and Al Aribi player.