Sam Winnall is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines, with the Derby County striker suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 3-0 victory over Brentford last week.
Derby moved to confirm on their official website that scans had revealed the extent of Winnall’s injury, which now means the forward is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines – dealing Gary Rowett a huge blow.
Winnall is currently at the Pride Park Stadium on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday, with the forward in blistering form and playing a key part in the Rams’ promotion push in the Sky Bet Championship.
So far this season, the 27-year-old has made 18 appearances, scoring six goals for the Rams and proving to be the difference on more than one occasion.
However, an innocuous incident against Brentford on Saturday has handed Winnall a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Goals from Tom Huddlestone, Cameron Jerome and Matej Vydra on Saturday helped Derby to three points against Brentford, with Rowett’s side strengthening their grip on a place in the top-two.
Derby currently sit second only to Wolves, with the Rams back in action this weekend, when they welcome Norwich City to the Pride Park Stadium.
What a blow for Derby and Rowett.
Winnall has been superb since his move from Hillsborough, and although Derby still have other options in Jerome and David Nugent, losing the 27-year-old could hurt the Rams.
How Derby deal with this will be a true test of their promotion credentials, as Winnall offered something different to the club’s other striking options and was beginning to look like a really complete Championship striker.
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