Derby County midfielder George Thorne is set to return from injury against Norwich City on Saturday.

Thorne, 22, has been out of action for the last three games, during which County have struggled with two defeats and a draw. However, the highly rated midfielder will give them a boost going into the match at promotion rivals Norwich.

Thorne only joined Derby in the summer, signing on a four year deal from West Brom, but was immediately ruled out for nine months. He has made only two appearances this term.

While the return of Thorne will be good news to Rams fans, 19 goal striker Chris Martin won’t be back in time to face the Canaries. Martin, Derby’s top scorer, has been ruled out for the past seven matches with a hamstring injury. First Team Coach Paul Simpson told the Derby Telegraph:

“They have still got a chance but I think it is fair to say at the moment George has got more of a chance than Chris. George has done part of the training session on Tuesday morning. Chris is still working one-to-one with the fitness coach. There is still a little bit of a bleed in the hamstring so this weekend may be a little bit too early for Chris.”

Derby are second in the Championship, only behind leaders Bournemouth on goal difference.

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