Hughes damaged his anterior cruciate ligament on the very first day of the season, and it is an injury that Thorne knows all too well.
The former West Bromwich Albion man has suffered the same ailment twice in his career already, and Hughes says that having someone to share his experiences with while on the sidelines has been crucial.
“All the lads have been supportive but George has seen it all before and he’s looked after me - especially early on,” he said.
“I’ve spoken to George a lot, he’s been really good with me, he’s been supporting me - certainly from a mental point of view.
"I thought the worst but hopefully I’ll be back playing before the end of the season, like George Thorne did last year."
To have Hughes ruled out until the end of the season was a huge blow to Derby, as he is one of their most talented players.
The England under-21 international is wonderfully gifted in possession and was set to play a big part for Paul Clement's Derby side in 2015/16.
However, after his injury, the Rams have been forced to bolster their midfield options in the transfer window, with the likes of Chris Baird, Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield all being snapped up.
It means that Hughes' route back into the first-team, when he does return to fitness, has become slightly more complicated, and everyone at the iPro will hope that this severe injury setback does not halt their prized prospect's development.