George Thorne: Watching myself play for Derby County is helping me through injury

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Derby County talent George Thorne says that he is watching videos of himself in action during last season to help his recovery.

Few footballers have had such a disappointing experience this season as Derby County's George Thorne has. 

The central-midfielder forced through a move from West Bromwich Albion to Pride Park this summer, but things have not gone to plan since.

The youngster was all set to play a major part in Derby's promotion push, but he picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury and has missed the entirety of the season so far.

It is the second time that the England youth-international has picked up the serious complaint during his burgeoning career to date and he will be hoping to make his return sooner rather than later.

These things cannot be rushed, though, and Thorne realises that there will be some way to go before he is fully-fit.

The 21-year-old is expected to return in the new-year, but such is his eagerness to get back on the pitch he is watching videos of his performances whilst on loan with the Rams last season to remind him of the feeling of representing his team. 

“I’m so excited at the thought of playing in the side again,” he said to the club's official site.

“The memories I have and the clips I’ve watched from last season, they get my through my rehabilitation.

“A few weeks ago I watched a couple of clips from last season, just to remind myself what it was like.

“Sometimes being out injured can get you down so I watched a few of the clips and it lifted my spirits, knowing I’ve got it all to come again to be back out on the pitch at the iPro Stadium.”

When he does return, Thorne is likely to improve an already quality Derby line-up.

The central-midfielder has an abundance of talent and looks set to have a great future in the game.

Blessed with physicality and technicality, he is able to perform a number of functions in the team's midfield and they will be looking to him to help them towards promotion.

The Rams have coped well despite Thorne's absence and currently lead the Championship table, but it is tight at the top and they know they will have to be at their best to consolidate their position. 

The Rams next take on high-flying Watford and it looks set to be a thrilling contest between two of the division's best sides. 

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