The Derby Telegraph has reported that striker Chris Martin is set for a full return to training today, ahead of the new season.
Martin has been struggling with a hamstring problem for an extended period of time, but is now set to give manager Paul Clement a good attacking option ahead of the competitive action returning next month.
He missed the pre-season friendly against Grimsby, but Clement has confirmed to the paper that he’s already considering using Martin over the rest of the club’s pre-season schedule.
A deadly duo up front
Martin’s return to action signifies the chance for Clement to reunite Martin with Darren Bent in the Derby County attack.
There is a chance that Clement could form his side around a two-man attacking system next season, with the pair already having the experience of playing with each other under the guidance of old manager Steve McClaren.
The important thing for Derby is not to take too many risks with Martin, because it would be a negative setback for the player and the club if he was to develop a fresh problem over the next couple of weeks.
If he can have a good pre-season and train well, there’s no reason he can’t be integral to Derby’s success.