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Derby County man’s absence in Barnsley draw explained

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Derby County striker Jack Marriott was not involved in the 2-2 draw against Barnsley last night because he has picked up an injury.

The 25-year-old had been involved in eight of the nine Championship games the Rams had played going into the clash at Oakwell, including coming on as a substitute against Birmingham City on Saturday.

So, it was a surprise when the ex-Peterborough man was not named in the 18 for the clash against the Tykes, with the returning Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett giving boss Phillip Cocu more options in the final third.

The decision to opt with Bennett, who has been charged with drink-driving along with his Welsh international teammate, in the squad ahead of Marriott would have been a very controversial call from the Dutch coach.

However, The Athletic reporter Ryan Conway revealed on Twitter that the striker has picked up an injury that prevented his inclusion, although the extent of the setback hasn’t been confirmed.

It was a very frustrating night for the Rams, who conceded a very late stoppage time equaliser to make it one win in nine league games.

The verdict

If Cocu had dropped Marriott from the squad at the expense of Bennett then you could imagine that he would have had serious questions to answer from the fans.

But, that has not been the case and he had to do without the attacker because of injury which will be a massive frustration to the manager and the player.

Marriott hasn’t got going this season for various reasons but he does have the quality to make a big impact so Derby will be hoping this setback isn’t serious.

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