Chris Martin on why it's been a frustrating summer so far

Derby County striker Chris Martin is confident he will be fit for the start of pre-season.

Derby County striker Chris Martin has explained to the Derby Telegraph why it’s been a frustrating summer so far for him personally.

Martin has revealed that he’s not been allowed to leave the country as he recovers from a hamstring problem, which has plagued him since last season.

He’s positive of being fully fit for new Derby boss Paul Clement by the start of the new season and has explained that his intention is to take full part in the club’s pre-season sessions when the squad gets back together.

“It's been a slightly frustrating summer, because I've had to drag it out with injections,” he said.

“I wasn't allowed to leave the country, so I was twiddling my thumbs a little bit.”

“I’ve got a couple of weeks working with the physios and fitness guys, hopefully to get in the right shape to join in with the group from the very start of pre-season.”

Why is Martin so important for Derby?

He’s an important player because of his Championship experience and basic skills as a goalscorer.

He does a lot of work off the ball to get into positions where he gives the more creative players in the side an option in terms of a pass to play or space to run into.

He’s also a very imposing striker, which gives Derby the option of being able to play direct football when they need to.

Will he start against Bolton?

If he’s fit then there’s no real reason for Clement not to play him alongside Darren Bent.

Going with a system based on two strikers puts a little bit of pressure onto Derby’s midfield, but the pair showed last season how effective they can be when they are in the same team and complementing each other.

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