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Photo: Derby County star George Thorne resumes training after seven month injury turmoil

The midfielder is stepping up recovery from a serious knee injury.

Last season Derby County were desperately unlucky to miss out on promotion to the Premier League to QPR in the Championship play-off final. This summer, to ensure they did not come close but fail again a second year in a row, they moved to make some significant transfers.

One such deal was the permanent signing of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion. The talented England youth international played the second half of last season on loan at the iPro Stadium and had impressed with his performances in the team.

So in July they snapped him up for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.

Unfortunately he is yet to play for Derby as an official player. Just four days after he signed for the club he suffered a serious knee injury. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a pre-season friendly with Zenit St Petersburg and was initially ruled out of action for about nine months.

Well he has given Steve McLaren and Derby a real boost by returning to training this week. Derby posted photos on their official Twitter account celebrating the development.

Thorne will of course still need plenty of time to ensure he is 100 per cent recovered and to get his match fitness up to scratch. But after seven months out, to see Thorne back in action is a great sight for excited Derby County fans.

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