Gary Rowett has admitted that Sam Winnall’s injury is a huge blow for Derby County, with the Pride Park boss describing the forward as an important member of the group.
Derby have moved to confirm via their official website that Winnall is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines, after the forward picked up an ACL injury in last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Brentford.
So far this season, Winnall, who is on-loan with the Rams from Sheffield Wednesday, has made 18 appearances for Derby, scoring six important goals, including a brace in the victories over Leeds United and Ipswich Town.
However, Derby are set to soldier on without their on-loan forward in the coming weeks, with Rowett describing Winnall’s absence as a huge blow to the club’s official website.
Rowett said: “It’s a real blow firstly for him because it is the player that you feel for before anything else.
“Of course, though, it is a big blow for the team because he’s such an important member of the group. His goals have won us games this season and he will be a sad miss for us.”
— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) February 9, 2018
Winnall’s goals have helped Derby to second in the Championship table in early February, with the Rams currently in pole position to press on and achieve a Premier League return this season.
Wolves remain the Championship’s runaway leaders, with an intriguing race bubbling away between Derby, Aston Villa and Cardiff City, who are battling for the second automatic promotion place.
Derby face Norwich City this weekend, with Rowett hoping his side can continue to stay ahead of the chasing pack.
Rowett will be hugely frustrated by Winnall’s injury, as the striker has been exceptional since his temporary switch to the Pride Park Stadium.
Of course, Cameron Jerome and David Nugent still offer competitive options at the top of the field, but Winnall brought something different to his teammates.
It will be interesting to see what this blow does to Derby’s promotion hopes.
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