Right-back Tendayi Darikwa has left Nottingham Forest for League One side Wigan Athletic.

The West Bridgford-born defender joined Forest in 2017 after making 125 appearances for Chesterfield and 21 for Burnley in a two-year spell that included their 15/16 Championship promotion campaign.

Darikwa has joined John Sheridan’s struggling Latics until the end of the season, and the 29-year-old will be looking to cement his place in a defence that will prove crucial as they try to prevent consecutive relegations.

Wigan sit 23rd in League One, three points above Burton Albion and one below Swindon Town and Rochdale.

Midfielder Kal Naismith left the club on Thursday, with Joe Garner leaving at the end of December.

Their League One fixtures against AFC Wimbledon, Hull City and Swindon Town have all been postponed indefinitely, so Darikwa might have to wait longer than anticipated for his Latics debut.

He surely didn’t feature as much as he would have liked for Forest either, with injury and the emergence of Matty Cash as right-back supremo at the City Ground restricting his involvement in the 19/20 campaign.

The 29-year-old returned to fitness towards the end of the season and has appeared for Forest’s U23s in the first half of this season, but was unable to displace summer signing Cyrus Christie and has dropped down to League One for game time.

In the end, Darikwa left Forest 18 months after his last competitive appearance for the Garibaldi, during Martin O’Neill’s ill-fated tenure.

Latics’ new #2 has previously played alongside a number of his “new” team-mates, including Samy Morsy (Chesterfield), Danny Fox, Kieran Dowell and Ben Watson (Forest), and Matt Gilks (Burnley).

It’s anyone’s guess when Wigan’s next fixture will actually take place, but Darikwa told the club “I’ve looked at the league table, of course we are in a tough position at the moment in the league [but] I think we have enough quality to get out of it.

“I’m fit and have been training with the first team at Forest since I came back from my injury and I haven’t missed a session. I’ve played a few international games as well [for Zimbabwe] and I came through them very well.”


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