Dean Henderson can still play for Nottingham Forest against Man Utd, here's how
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Dean Henderson can still play for Nottingham Forest against his parent club Manchester United.
The 25-year-old was the hero for Forest in their Carabao Cup quarter-final against Wolverhampton Wanderers, saving two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory.
The game had finished 1-1 after normal time before Henderson denied both Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge’s spot-kicks.
However, the on-loan goalkeeper will likely be ineligible for the two-legged last-four tie against his parent club, United.
However, there is one way Henderson can still feature against Erik ten Hag’s side.
Dean Henderson to play against Man Utd?
Henderson can still play for Forest in the Carabao Cup semi-final, if he is granted consent by United, according to EFL rules.
Section 6.3 via the Carabao Cup website states: ''Players registered on a temporary basis will not be eligible to play unless the Club holding his full registration gives its written consent (also subject to any restrictions on the number of loan players prescribed by applicable Premier League Rules or League Regulations).''
However, having been denied the opportunity to face his parent club in Forest's 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford earlier this season, it seems unlikely that the Reds will give the player permission to face them later this month.
Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper admitted the keeper’s likely absence in the competition's semi-final had put a dampener on his side’s progress.
Speaking at full-time Cooper said: “I have only just thought of that, it is frustrating. After seeing the night he had tonight, he was excellent in the penalty shoot-out but he was good in the game, more than good in the game.
“It’s unfortunate. He’s part of our group, he is so invested in the group and how we work, what we’re trying to accelerate in terms of what we want to become.
“To do that you need a really good goalkeeper. Not only is he committing as a goalkeeper, he is buying into being in the city and the greater good of the club.
“It has put a dampener on it for me tonight.”
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