Derby County fans have taken to social networking site Twitter following confirmation of the extent of George Thorne’s injury picked up in the recent 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town.
Caretaker boss Darren Wassall took a risk by again naming a full strength side to face Ipswich despite their top six spot being confirmed weeks ago, citing momentum as his reasoning.
Derby headed into the game boasting a six-game unbeaten league run and the club were eager to go one further, yet on the flip side many supporters questioned why key players were not rested.
Gutted is an understatement but just have to get on with it.. 3 month lay off, so will be working very hard to make the start of next season— George Thorne (@GeorgeThorne15) May 8, 2016
Would love to be involved in the playoffs but not to be.. Wishing my team mates all the best!!— George Thorne (@GeorgeThorne15) May 8, 2016
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and after the match perhaps Wassall would have played it differently as not only did Derby lose the game, but they also lost a vita player for the playoffs.
Thorne was caught by Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Douglas while attempting a shot, and in the most unfortunate circumstances, the impact caused the Derby man’s lower leg to buckle.
The club’s official website has confirmed the injury as a double leg-break, and the former West Bromwich Albion man is now expected to face at least three months out of action.
Writing on Twitter upon hearing the news, Derby fans were naturally downbeat though there is a sense of slight optimism that he could be back for the early stages of next season.
Slightly better news for Thorne, still horrendous and unnecessary tho #dcfc— John Hicken (@derbyrambler) May 8, 2016
Now Thorne has been confirmed as out think I'd drop Butterfield into CDM. Can pass a ball and willing to put his foot in too #dcfc— David Mosley (@daviddmmosley) May 8, 2016