Nottingham Forest’s chances of getting Real Betis star Guido Rodríguez on the cheap in January have been dashed as he’s set to be out until February.

That’s according to El Chiringuito, who say the midfielder ‘will be operated on tomorrow’ after picking up an ankle injury in training this morning.

According to their information, via journalist Gonzalo Tortosa, Rodríguez picked up an unidentified ankle injury in training with Betis today that has immediately ruled him out for at least two months, potentially two and a half months.

He’s already been booked in for surgery tomorrow and thus won’t be moving anywhere in the January transfer window.

He was set to enter the winter window with just six months remaining on his contract, meaning he would be free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs around Europe over a free transfer in the summer should he wish to do so.

He’s been regularly linked with a move away from Betis for the best part of a year, with Nottingham Forest particularly keen.

They were eyeing him up before signing Ibrahim Sangaré but have continued to be linked since, with it reported in November that Betis were making a last-ditch attempt to keep him and that followed by an admittance his contract was ‘favourable’ for suitors such as Nottingham Forest.

Any move in January now appears to have been ruled out, though, with him not set to return to full fitness until after the window is closed.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he can’t agree a deal for the summer when he’ll be a free agent but the idea of any move in January is now off of the table.