Derby's Chris Martin aiming for big impact in pre-season

Derby County striker Chris Martin has provided a positive fitness update as he aims to return for pre-season.

Derby County striker Chris Martin has explained to the club’s website that he’s working hard as he bids to be ready for the club’s pre-season schedule.

Martin has provided an update on a delicate hamstring problem, explaining that surgery has been avoided in the build up to pre-season, which allows him to focus on a return to training along with the rest of the Derby squad.

“I’ve had a couple of weeks away but I’m back now and working hard,” he told

“I want to get myself ready for around the time when the lads come back for pre-season training at the end of the month, if not shortly after.”

“It’ll be good to get down to work in pre-season in because towards the end of last season there was talk that an operation might be required. Instead, the surgeon suggested a few injections.”

How important is Martin for Paul Clement?

New Derby boss Paul Clement will likely be very determined for his side to hit the ground running at the start of the Championship season in August and Martin gives the Rams a better chance of achieving that.

He injects some real experience into the Derby attack and should be looking to use the frustration he went through towards the end of last season to his advantage.

The important thing is that the club don’t take any risks with him and give him the best possible chance of featuring in friendly games and training well before the competitive action returns.

Will surgery be needed in the future?

It’s difficult to say but there is always that possibility.

As Martin points out himself, the advice he’s been given is that injections are doing the trick at the moment and hopefully his condition will improve.

If he improves, it shows progression but if he suffers a setback, surgery could be needed in the future.

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