Hwang Ui-jo and Alex Mighten of Nottingham Forest both had their loan periods terminated. The two were supposed to be away from the City Ground for the entire season. They have now reestablished contact with the Reds, though.
Last September, Winger Mighten became a member of KV Kortrijk, a Belgian team. He made 12 appearances for the team in all competitions, including 10 league games, eight of which came off the bench as replacements.
Hwang headed to Norwich City on transfer deadline day in the summer. The forward made 18 appearances for the Canaries and scored three goals, but suffered with injury problems.
The South Korea international is currently facing six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. He was out of action for a month earlier in the season with a similar issue.
Norwich boss David Wagner hinted a decision would be made on Hwang’s future earlier this week. It came after the striker was not involved in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Bristol Rovers.
“Unfortunately he pulled his hamstring,” Wagner told the Pink Un. “And he’ll be out for six weeks.” Asked if Hwang could return to Forest, he added: “We have to give ourselves maybe the next few days to assess how we deal with that situation.”
The Reds’ focus this month will be overseeing outgoings as they look to trim numbers. Gustavo Scarpa’s loan at Olympiacos has already been cut short and he has secured a permanent return to Brazil. And Chelsea loanee Andrey Santos is back with his parent club.
There will be more exits before the deadline of February 1 at 11 p.m. Nuno Espirito Santo, the head coach of Forest, has made it known that he prefers to manage a smaller team.
Mighten, a product of the Nigel Doughty Academy, has a contract with the City Ground through 2025. Hwang signed from Bordeaux in the summer of 2022, and his contract is set to expire at the same time.