Derby County boss Phillip Cocu has admitted that missing Wayne Rooney for the next three games is a ‘big setback’ for his team.
The England legend has been forced to self-isolate for the next two weeks after coming into contact with a friend who later tested positive for Covid-19.
Even though Rooney wasn’t at fault for the situation, and he has thankfully tested negative for the virus, the current guidelines state that he must self-isolate for 14 days, meaning he will miss the Rams trip to Huddersfield tomorrow, the big derby against Nottingham Forest and a home match with Cardiff City.
With Derby already short on options in the final third, this will stretch Cocu’s squad to its limits and the boss admitted to reporter Ryan Conway that the situation is a concern.
“It’s obvious that it’s a big setback for us. Not only the fact that we miss out captain but also the last two games we saw Wayne getting back to his performances from when he joined us.”
Youngster Jahmal Hector-Ingram could be given a chance against the Terriers tomorrow night in Rooney’s absence.
This is a major blow for Derby and it’s not what Cocu needed at all considering the pressure he is under.
Obviously, in the bigger picture, it’s a relief that Rooney has tested negative and this just shows how one little thing can cause a problem for clubs in the present time.
Now though, there’s nothing Derby or Cocu can do so it’s down to those who will be given an opportunity to take it in the next three games.
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