Derby County midfielder George Evans made an impressive debut in the Carabao Cup against Oldham Athletic, and came into Frank Lampard’s starting eleven for the following match against Ipswich Town. However, the 23-year-old only lasted 27 minutes before having to go off injured.

Thankfully, the injury to Evans was not as severe as first feared, but the midfielder has still spent a long time on the sidelines as Derby County has risen to eighth in the League and progressed to the Fifth Round of the Carabao Cup.

The former Manchester City youth player has returned to training during the International break, and is hoping to return to the Derby County side once the break is over.

The 23-year-old spoke to the club’s official website:

“Sometimes when you are injured and you watch it from the sidelines, you get a better picture of it all,” he said.

“When you’re down there, you don’t see the pictures the other players will see so when you are up in the stands it’s definitely a different game.

“I had time to look at what we are doing, the high tempo, pressing game that we have been doing is good. I’ve been watching that and when I come back in, hopefully I can show that on the pitch with the other lads. I can’t wait to get back out there now.”

However, Evans understand it won’t be easy to break back into the team.

“I’ve got to get myself back up to speed, fit and show the gaffer I am ready. I need to work hard every day.

“It’s a high pressing game that we want to play now so I need to get my energy levels up to that and make sure I am ready. I need to impress in training and get a starting place once again.”

The former Reading man was full of praise for the staff at Derby County for how they have helped his rehabilitation and recovery from the injury.

“The staff here have been brilliant, they have really looked after me really well. I’ve been in good hands.

“Every single day they have been on me and there have been some long days but they have got me in this position now and I’m grateful for that.”

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