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Derby County fans vote returning George Thorne as man-of-the-match

The midfielder has recently recovered 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, they moved to make some significant additions.

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 on a four-year contract.

But things have not been plain sailing since. He was made to wait for his debut 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 McClaren and Derby a real boost recently by returning to action after seven months on the sidelines.

He has played in two games for the club this month. He struggled in his first game back against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend but in midweek he shone in midfield as Derby coasted to a win against Charlton Athletic.

So impressive was his performance that it received him the man-of-the-match award from Derby fans on Twitter.

Hopefully this will be the first of many for the talented creative midfielder.

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