Derby County are expecting Jack Marriott to be available when they make the trip down south to take on Charlton after the international break.
The 25-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular in the XI under new boss Phillip Cocu and he missed the last two games with an injury.
Despite that, some talk among the fans was that Marriott wasn’t actually injured. However, Derbyshire Live reporter Chris Watson dismissed that idea and revealed the striker should return for the game at The Valley.
“When Marriott is not in the team or the squad, the rumour mill often goes into overdrive. We’ve been told by Phillip Cocu that the striker has a “minor groin issue”.
“Marriott was touch and go for the Luton game but ended up missing out – but it is hoped he will be back after the international break.”
With the Rams unbeaten in five league games, with Chris Martin playing well as the lone striker, the ex-Peterborough man will face a battle to get back in the team.
Cocu also has Martyn Waghorn and Mason Bennett to call on as options to lead the line.
This is good news for Derby because even though Marriott hasn’t been at his best this season, he is a very useful player to have in the squad with his finishing ability.
Clearly, he doesn’t have a long-term injury and the international break has come at the right time for the player as he looks to get back to full fitness.
Now, it’s about recovering, impressing in training and trying to force his way into the 18 for the game at Charlton.
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