New Derby County signing George Thorne has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and may be out for up to 9 months, it has been revealed.
Thorne, who was previously sidelined for 9 months with the same injury to the opposite knee while at previous club West Bromwich Albion, sustained the injury in his first game since signing permanently for the Rams in a friendly against Zenit St Petersburg.
The news deals a huge psychological blow to Derby, who had spent much of the Summer chasing Thorne’s signature after a successful loan spell.
“It’s a huge disappointment for George personally” said Rams coach Steve Mclaren. “But he’s still young, he’s got to stay positive and he’ll be back.”