Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik has revealed he’s ‘getting closer every day’ to returning to full fitness in a post on Instagram, with the 23-year-old training out on the grass in the East Midlands.
The defensive-minded midfielder suffered a second anterior cruciate ligament injury in 18 months back in February and was carried off in their victory against Bristol City, the last time Derby fans have seen him in action as he continues his recovery from the injury.
After suffering such a severe injury for the second time in such a short period of time, there were concerns about how long he would spend out and whether he would come back as the same player.
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But in a promising update on Instagram, Bielik uploaded pictures of him back out on the training pitch and said: “Massive personal step up! Getting closer every day. Can’t wait to be back!”
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This major injury boost for Wayne Rooney comes amid a real centre-back crisis at Pride Park, with the club currently unable to make any signings due to their current embargo.
Although Bielik predominantly played in central midfield in his 13 appearances for the Rams last term, he has also played regularly in defence throughout his career.
And he could become a vital option to 35-year-old Rooney at some point if the likes of Curtis Davies, Andre Wisdom and Phil Jagielka continue to be prevented from signing a deal at Pride Park by the EFL, who still hold a tight grip over the East Midlands side.
Although Derby County are currently in a perilous position with a clear lack of signings through the door and just over a week to go until the start of their new Championship campaign against Huddersfield Town, seeing the Polish 23-year-old back running in training is a good piece of news.
The Rams have also suffered a real blow in central midfield over the last couple of days with manager Rooney accidentally injuring key player Jason Knight and ruling him out for over two months. Considering their squad depth is already limited, Bielik is needed back as soon as possible.
However, an ACL injury is one they need to be very wary of when easing the midfielder back into first-team action and he may not be ready for quite a while yet.
With this, Rooney faces the possible dilemma of rushing the 23-year-old back or starting a youth player if their woes in the middle of the park deepen.