| 7.8°C Dublin

Arter exile Harry Arter not included in revised Nottingham Forest sqaud for the rest of this season

Ireland midfielder left out of the Forest squad and unable to play unless he is granted a route back

Close

13 October 2018; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland ahead of the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

13 October 2018; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland ahead of the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

13 October 2018; Harry Arter of Republic of Ireland ahead of the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter has been omitted from the revised Nottingham Forest squad for the rest of this season, even though they have only named 24-players in their panel.

Football League clubs update their squad lists once the January transfer window has closed, with Forest manager Chris Hughton adding striker Glenn Murray to his squad as he looks to steer the club clear of the relegation zone.

Yet his decision to leave Arter out of his squad is unexpected, with the experienced midfielder believed to be close to a return to fitness after a recent calf problem.

Arter joined Forest last summer as he ended his long association with Bournemouth, but he appears to have fallen out of favour quickly at Forest.

Hughton explained there could still be a route back for Arter if he can prove himself in training over the next few weeks, yet he declined to explain why one of the club's highest earning players was not in his squad.

"We still have a place to add somebody," Hughton told NottinghamshireLive, with one space still left in the Forest squad.

"The players who are in the squad are the players who have been playing and have been fit.

"We have left a spot open because of the players we have got, and in a couple of those circumstances, they are players who have not been fit.

"There is still that opportunity and still something for these players to drive for.

"All you can be is true about the decisions you make, be clear about the decisions you make and be as honest as you can about the decisions you make.

"As regards the difficulty of it, it’s a difficult job and that’s part of it. You are making those decisions not just for you, but for the betterment of the team."

The decision means Arter will not be able to play for Forest unless the club decide to include him in the official squad at a later date, with any hopes of him playing for Ireland in next month's international fixtures appearing to be dashed.

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Privacy