Derby County suffered a surprising 4-2 home defeat to struggling Reading on Saturday that emphatically ended their four-game winning run.
After the game, many were confused as to why Gary Rowett had left top scorer Matej Vydra on the bench throughout the game.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, the former Birmingham City manager revealed that Vydra is not 100 per cent fit. “Looking back, would I have started Vyds? Possibly, I don’t know, but he has had a little bit of an issue. He has been called up to the Czech Republic squad, but we hope he doesn’t have to travel because he has not been right. He has been a big player for us and it is always hard when you have to leave your top scorer out.”
The Rams had previously won two away games, with Vydra withdrawn at half-time at Norwich and not featuring at all at Leeds.
Therefore, Rowett went with the Elland Road match-winner Sam Winnall alongside Dave Nugent for the Royals visit, with Chris Martin coming off the bench to score.
One of the negatives of having such depth up front for Rowett is making the tough decisions and he will always have to disappoint two of his four strikers.
However, Vydra offers an extra creative edge to the other players which is why he is usually the preferred option at home.
But, if he isn’t fit then it makes sense to use others. Now, Derby need to concentrate on getting the ex-Watford man back up to speed, because his absence on Saturday proves why he is so important to the team.
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