Derby County midfielder George Thorne happy to be involved after 8 month injury hell

The young midfielder did not come on but was among the subs for Derby County against Reading.

Derby County tied up some solid business last summer, to ensure they did not come close but fail again in the Championship promotion chase for a second year in a row.

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 - as reported by the BBC.

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.

He returned to training at the club about a month ago and today, eight months after picking up the injury, he finally looked set to make his official Derby debut in the FA Cup tie against Reading.

Unfortunately the chance to get him on the pitch never came up. Derby were down to ten men early doors and in the end lost to Reading at the iPro.

But regardless, he still sent this Tweet out today explaining how happy he was to be back among the substitutes. But he will have to wait a little while longer before finally making his official Derby bow.

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