Frank Lampard and Derby County were dealt a huge blow when Curtis Davies was ruled out for potentially the whole of the season last month.
The experienced defender suffered a ruptured achilles injury in Derby’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke in December.
The defender wrote a blog post titled ’Tales of the treatment room – the road to recovery begins…’
He wrote: “Having suffered the same injury over ten years ago whilst I was an Aston Villa player, I know what it takes to recover from this and I’m ready to put in the work.
“The lay-off for this kind of injury is expected to be six months, so strength of mind is required and a determination to work hard. You can only do it for yourself, nobody will do the work for you.”
According to the BBC, the 33-year-old is expected to miss the remainder of the season, and this leaves a huge void in the Derby defence, despite the form of Fikayo Tomori and the experienced Richard Keogh.
Here, we look at THREE experienced players Frank Lampard must be looking at to fill Davies’ void at Derby County…
James Collins is still without a club after being released from his contract at West Ham in the summer.
He may not have the legs that he once did, but he would be a great short-term option for Derby to give support to Tomori and Keogh in a gruelling push for promotion in the final months.
Although Preston North End have struggled this season, 30-year-old Paul Huntington has been a consistent entity at the back.
Alongside Ben Davies in the back four, Huntington has shown his experience to lead the Preston line, and he would be a good asset should Derby be able to sign him.
Jason Pearce has been a permanent fixture in the Charlton team this season under Lee Bowyer, and he may fancy a step up to the Championship via a January transfer.
The 30-year-old has the experience required, is of a good build, and is left-footed, which may attract Lampard. He has played alongside Patrick Bauer in the heart of the Charlton defence, and is looking to get them promoted, but he may be tempted by Derby.