Derby County assistant head-coach Paul Simpson says midfielder Paul Coutts is not a forgotten after not playing a competitive game since September 2013.
Coutts, 26, dislocated his kneecap and chipped a bone in a Capital One Cup Tie away at Leicester City last September, and returned to action in Pre-Season but suffered a hip injury.
The midfielder is set to return to action in a private match this Tuesday against Burnley.
Assistant Paul Simpson speaking to the Derby Telegraph said ”Paul Coutts has been out there working with the other players. This is his first week back and we hope he will be able to get some game time against Burnley. He seems to be doing OK and is pain-free at the moment. We’ve just got to nurse him through and get him right.”
Simpson knows Coutts from when he managed Preston North-End and knows how good he is. ”If we can get a fit Paul Coutts, that would be a really good addition to the squad.
I think I speak for the manager (Steve McClaren) and Eric Steele when I say we are all looking forward to getting him back involved with us. It’s been a long, long time for him and I’m sure he’s as keen as we are to get back involved, because it’s very frustrating.” added Simpson.