Derby County defender Zak Whitbread has said that he is ready to help the club in their promotion push after he made his first start in six months on Tuesday night.
The defender played his first full 90 minutes since October in the 4-0 win over already relegated team Blackpool. The convincing victory was however, only the club’s second win in their last 10 Sky Bet Championship matches.
The 31-year-old defender said to the BBC after the game: “I knew I was ready. I felt good in training and I knew even after playing 45 minutes in the reserves I could do a job.
“With the way results have gone, I was made up to be playing today and get the result.”
The hamstring injury that has hampered Whitbread’s season has meant the defender has only managed to make just 10 appearances for the Rams this season.
The centre-back moved to the club last summer from recently promoted side Leicester City.
He continued: “It has been very frustrating. It’s the ugly part of the game. You can’t really get yourself too down about it and have to hang in there.”
The Derby side led by manager Steve McClaren currently sit in fifth position in the Sky Bet Championship table, six points off of fourth placed Middlesbrough and four points clear of seventh placed Brentford.
The Rams have three games left to secure their play-off spot. They face Huddersfield Town and Millwall away and FA Cup semi-finalists Reading at home on the last day of the season.