Loan Watch: Gio Reyna struggling for playing time; Tom Rothe in promotion battle

Holstein Kiel v FC Schalke 04 - Second Bundesliga
Holstein Kiel v FC Schalke 04 - Second Bundesliga / Stuart Franklin/GettyImages

Gio Reyna has been limited to just 39 minutes of playing time since joining Nottingham Forest on loan from Borussia Dortmund, while Tom Rothe and Holstein Kiel are firmly in the mix for promotion to the Bundesliga.

Gio Reyna hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to life in the English Premier League, with his first month at Nottingham Forest resulting in just four substitute appearances. Having joined Nottingham Forest on loan in January in a bid to get more playing time, the USMNT international has spent just 39 minutes on the pitch so far.

Reyna will hope for more playing time in the coming weeks, with games coming thick and fast in English football. But it remains to be seen if he will be given an opportunity by Nuno Espirito Santo ahead of the likes of Morgan Gibbs-White, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Anthony Elanga.

Elsewhere, Tom Rothe is locked in a promotion fight with Holstein Kiel. The highly rated left-back is enjoying an impressive loan spell in the 2. Bundesliga, playing in the wing-back role. Following wins over Schalke 04 and Paderborn, Holstein Kiel were beaten 3-4 by fellow promotion contenders FC St. Pauli this past weekend. They are currently second in the 2. Bundesliga standings. Rothe has scored two goals and assisted a further six for Holstein Kiel so far this season.

Meanwhile, Soumaïla Coulibaly has recovered from his leg injury but has been an unused substitute in each of Royal Antwerp's last two games in the Belgian Pro League. He has made a total of 26 appearances for Royal Antwerp so far this season.