Derby County are happy to let young winger Luke Thomas become cup-tied and The Rams have granted the player permission to feature for loan club Coventry City in their Emirates FA Cup first round tie at Walsall on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Soudley-born wideman has made just two appearances for parent club Derby County to date and has been deemed to be unlikely to win his place in the side once he returns to Pride Park.

Thomas joined Sky Bet League One club Coventry City in August on a loan deal until the end of the year. The Sky Blues could attempt to extend that arrangement until the end of the season and Coventry Live have reported that the winger will be permitted to face league rivals Walsall in their Emirates FA Cup first round tie at The Banks’s Stadium on Saturday.

Should Thomas feature for The Sky Blues against The Saddlers, it would mean that the player would be ineligible to play in the competition for Derby County should he return to his parent club in January.

Thomas joined Derby County from Cheltenham Town in January 2016 for an undisclosed fee. The winger has found first team opportunities hard to come by but he has impressed in The Rams’ Under-23 side. The youngster has made 15 appearances during his loan spell at Coventry City while his only goal for The Sky Blues came in the 2-1 home win over Doncaster Rovers a fortnight ago.

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