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Hendrick injury opens door for midfielders to step up, says Derby coach

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Jeff Hendrick’s injury means one place is to be filled for the next month, and Derby County’s assistant coach Paul Simpson says it’s time to step up.

Jeff Hendrick has been ruled out for a believed maximum of four weeks and the club is hoping he will be back by the end of September after been relieved of knowing no surgery is required.

Simpson believes the Rams are one short in midfield, with George Thorne ruled out for nine months and now Hendrick. Derby remain with Craig Bryson, Will Hughes who replaced the Irish International on Saturday, John Eustace and on-loan Real Madrid youngster Omar Mascarell.

Will Hughes one of many who will have to step up their game says Paul Simpson

Will Hughes one of many who will have to step up their game, says Paul Simpson

Talking to the Derby Telegraph, Simpson said ”With John Eustace stepping back into the side, Omar Mascarell still learning what we want from him in English football and people like Bryson and Hughes, we’ve got some real quality players. I think Ryan Shotton (on-loan from Stoke City) could step into midfield at a push, too.”

”We’re now hoping that as the door closes for Jeff for a period of time, it’s going to open up for somebody else, and it’s up to them to step up and show us that they deserve to be playing.” added Simpson.

Derby face rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on the 14th September.


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