Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Derby County manager Philip Cocu has revealed that midfielder George Evans has suffered a thigh injury in training, with the muscle problem set to keep him out of action for “some time”.

In the early stages of the season, defensive midfielder George Evans has been involved in Philip Cocu’s first-team plans at Derby County, as the Rams have struggled to get alive and kicking in their first few games. However, now it has been said that Evans is set to spend a period of time out of action having picked up a thigh injury in training.

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Cocu revealed the news when speaking to the Derby Telegraph, saying:

“Evans is out for some time with a muscle injury – it will take some time. I always have to be careful with muscle injuries.

“It came out of nowhere. We thought it was a minor issue, but when we examined him a little bit better in the hospital it came out it was more serious than we thought. So it is a big disappointment and he has to work hard to come back.”

In the absence of Evans, Cocu still has a number of options available to him to come into the Derby County side. Both Tom Huddlestone and Graeme Shinnie play in defensive midfield, as can youngster Jason Knight. Summer signing Krystian Bielik also plays in defensive midfield as well as a centre-back, so there are not limited options for Cocu to pick from in the absence of Evans.

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