Derby boss Rowett suggests injured duo are part of his future plans

Derby manager Gary Rowett

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has indicated that long-term injured duo George Thorne and Craig Forsyth will have a role to play in his future plans.

Derby manager Gary RowettDerby manager Gary Rowett

However the former Birmingham manager admits that he has his doubts whether or not they will be fit for the start of next season.

Both have had their fair share of injury problems in their time with the Rams. Thorne is still recovering from a broken leg suffered in the final regular season game with Ipswich Town last campaign. Whilst Forsyth is currently working his way back from a second serious knee injury in the space of 10 months suffered earlier on this season.

During a phone-in on BBC Radio Derby, as reported by the Derby Telegraph, Rowett provided his thoughts on the immediate future of the pair.

"For any manager that has spent time here who sees the likes of Craig Forsyth and George Thorne injured, not part of what we're doing, would be frustrated, because they are fantastic players," he said.

"Those two players are hopefully on the mend and coming back.

"It provides a challenge as a manager, because can you plan 100% that they are both going to be fully fit for next season? That's difficult, because we won't really know that, as much as they have rehabbed well."

Leeds' Lewis Cook in action with Derby's George ThorneGeorge Thorne has not played any part in Derby's season

Both will be entering the final year of their contracts at Pride Park and maintaining their fitness will be crucial if the pair want to extend their stay with the Rams beyond next season.

Despite not being able to show their new manager what they can do, Rowett was full of praise for them and provided an update on their progress as they bid to play a part in a promotion push next campaign.

"Craig Forsyth has been involved in training and done really, really well. George is a little bit further behind - but they are both fully committed to getting back.

"If we can get both of those fit for the start of next season, straight away, the team looks to have a stronger, more powerful and more technical edge to it."

Craig Forsyth of Derby County (L) and Ben Davies of Grimsby Town in actionCraig Forsyth has not played for Derby since suffering his injury in August


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