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Derby County midfielder George Thorne has suffered another injury setback after his loan move to Oxford United was cut short, when he suffered a dislocated shoulder that could force him into a prolonged period on the sidelines, as reported in the Oxford Mail.
An MRI scan, following the injury in the Carabao Cup win over West Ham, has identified ligament damage that will require surgery to rectify, with Thorne remaining at the U’s for that treatment.
But after a number of injuries over the last few seasons and yet another one, do you get the sense Thorne’s career could be coming to an end?
“Having suffered considerably with injuries over the past two years at Derby County, Thorne will be devastated by his latest setback.
“Sent out on loan to Oxford United last month, the midfielder would have been hoping to feature regularly over the coming months in League One.
“Yet having sustained ligament damage in his shoulder, Thorne may have already played his last game for the Yellows as he is set to be out until January which is incidentally when his deal expires.
“Whilst it would be naïve to suggest that the 26-year-old’s career is over, it would not be at all surprising if Derby decide to cut ties with him next summer as he is clearly incapable of avoiding injury.”
“It is certainly looking that way.
“It is sad after looking so promising. I remember when he came on loan to Peterborough United back in the 2012/13 season and he was unbelievable.
“He remains one of the best midfielders I have seen at the club and he showed just how good he could have been in the second tier and possibly higher.
“I still hope that he will get back to his best but you have to say it is getting extremely hard to see happen.”
“I think it’s almost inevitable that he’ll retire soon, unfortunately.
“It’s such a shame for Thorne – he was such a good player for Derby back under Steve McClaren, and he was arguably one of the best midfielders in the league after signing from West Brom.
“But he’s been so desperately unlucky – he looks the shadow of the player he once was, which isn’t really his fault whatsoever.
“He must be the most frustrated man on Earth, but he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and decide what happens next in his career.”