Derby County manager Frank Lampard has revealed that striker Jack Marriott is closing in on a return to full fitness.

Frank Lampard has told the Derby Telegraph that striker Jack Marriott has resumed training after missing the last three games in all competitions through both sickness and injury.

Marriott has impressed Derby fans in his first campaign in the Championship. In 28 appearances in all competitions, the 24-year-old has scored ten goals and provided four assists, helping Derby in their promotion fight.

“Jack will be training with us on Monday,” Lampard told the Derby Telegraph.

“He has been training on his own because his injury is a bit of an issue with contact. Any contact on his ankle was giving him a lot of pain.

“Hopefully he is through that and will be training normally. We will gauge his fitness to see how quickly he can be back in contention.”

For the majority of the season, Marriott has been Lampard’s first choice striker, ahead of David Nugent and fellow summer arrival Martyn Waghorn. Waghorn has come into the first team in the absence of Marriott, and the former Peterborough United striker could face a battle to get back into the first team with Waghorn impressing. His brace against in form side Hull City carried Derby to a 2-0 victory.

For much of the season, Waghorn – despite being a natural striker – has had to play out on the wing with Marriott playing through the middle. Now, it will be interesting if Waghorn will move to the wing to make way for Marriott or if Lampard will decide to keep Waghorn through the middle instead.


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