Derby County face a tough task if they are to continue their good recent run, as they face a tough trip to Carrow Road to face a strong Norwich side tomorrow. The Canaries have strung together some excellent results and occupy in the final pitch.
The Rams could go to the game tomorrow without midfielder George Thorne. The ex-West Brom man has suffered terribly with injuries over the seasons but had just got back into contention with the first-team. He was on the bench in recent weeks and even briefly featured in the wins over Forest and Sheffield Wednesday.
However, Gary Rowett says Thorne is under consideration to play for the U-23s tonight instead of joining the squad tomorrow. “If he is on the bench for the next six games and does not play many minutes then he is not getting that game time,” he told the Derby Telegraph.
The ex-Birmingham boss said he needed a proper run out to ensure he is in a suitable condition when called upon. “At some point we have to give him that 90 minutes so that when he gets into the first team, he is ready. That is the real challenge at the minute because we have got a lot of players in that position.”
Whilst it may seem harsh to drop Thorne down to the U-23s, what Rowett is saying does make sense.
He can’t build up his fitness by sitting on the bench and the midfielder needs to do that if he is going to play in the Championship.
It’s a move that makes sense for all involved and it’s something that Derby could reap the benefits of in the coming weeks as the talented player tries to get back to near his best.
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