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Wayne Rooney confirms Derby County player setback as Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham survival tussle looms

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Derby County will be without Andre Wisdom for the remainder of the Championship season with Wayne Rooney ruling him out of fixtures with Swansea City and Sheffield Wednesday due to a groin injury. 

Wisdom has made 38 appearances this season in the Championship, with the 27-year-old featuring regularly for the Rams in a tough campaign.

However, his last appearance came in the 3-0 defeat to Preston North End, with Wisdom limping off in the 34th minute with a groin injury.

Now, Rooney has confirmed (via the club’s official media channels) that Wisdom will now be missing for the remainder of the season with his setback.

Derby are battling to stay in the Championship in the coming weeks.

Rooney’s side have lost five games on the spin in the Championship, with their longer-term form also contributing to a relegation fight.

As things stand, Derby sit 21st in the Championship table, four points clear of the relegation zone with two fixtures still to play.

Rotherham United, though, do have a game in hand on the Rams, whilst Derby have to play 23rd placed Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the season.

A defeat for Wednesday against Nottingham Forest, before Derby’s clash with Swansea, could relegate the Owls.

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The Verdict 

Wisdom has played a large number of fixtures this season in the Championship so, naturally, to lose his service for the remaining fixtures is irritating for Rooney.

However, what’s been good about Rooney in the last week or two has been his reluctance to seek blame for Derby’s struggles. He’s focused on pulling them clear of bother and he will do it with whatever personnel he’s got.

That’s admirable, and you’d expect to see him take on both Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday in this fight of survival without too much moaning and groaning.

Thoughts? Let us know! 


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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