Fresh dig at West Brom by Derby County star George Thorne?

Derby County midfielder George Thorne explained the difference between his most recent injury and the one he suffered at West Bromwich Albion

George Thorne made a fresh dig at his former club, West Bromwich Albion, to Derby County's official club website following questions over his return to injury. 

The 22-year-old midfielder, who left the West Midlands for the Rams in the summer, has recently returned to first-team action after more than seven months on the sidelines with ligament damage. It wasn't the first time in his career that he was forced to sit on the sidelines due to injury, however, admitted this time it was different. 

''With regards to my injury, I was devastated when it happened,'' Thorne told Rams Player. ''I was determined to get back as soon as I could, but I didn't have the same frustration that I had in the past because I knew what I had waiting for me.

''The support from the fans, staff and owners was outstanding. I am looking to repay that with the remaining 13 games of the season, but not just that, but the rest of my future at Derby County.'' 

In February 2013, while at West Brom, it was announced Thorne would be out for six to eight months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The midfielder had just broken into the Baggies first-team set-up and the news meant the injury would cut his season short, as well as ruin pre-season training.

Following his return to full-fitness, the youngster struggled to break back into the West Brom side under new management and was shipped out on loan, first to Watford and then Derby. 

After returning to the Premier League outfit, Thorne told the Sunday People that he would not be happy with a place on the bench following the frustration he felt while undergoing treatment for his first injury. 

''I had a knee injury and it has taken me almost a year-and-a-half to get back on track, but now I've got back to this point I'm not prepared to go and sit on somebody's bench or be in somebody's squad and have to wait my time again,'' Thorne told the Sunday People in May.

''Anyone who knows me will tell you that, compared to how I have been, I'm much happier now. I felt at home at Derby, I felt wanted at Derby, which I certaintly didn't at West Brom.'' 

The defensive midfielder's recent comments echo the same thoughts he had before making the move. However, this time, he has had a prolonged spell on the sidelines at both clubs. 

With 13 games to go, Thorne will be hoping he can have a similar impact at Derby as he had last season. The Rams are currently top of the Championship and five points clear of Ipswich in third place. 

If Steve McClaren's men, including Thorne, can keep their nerve then there is a good chance they will be lifting the Championship trophy in May, as well as celebrating promotion. Although, after last season's Play-Off Final, the Rams will know that it only takes one moment of madness to upset the apple cart.

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