Derby County boss Phillip Cocu shares unwelcome George Evans fitness update

A dejeted George Evans of Derby County leaves the field through injury during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018...

The Rams midfielder, whose first season at Pride Park was hampered by injury, is set for a spell on the sidelines for 'some time'.

A dejeted George Evans of Derby County leaves the field through injury during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018...

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu has confirmed that George Evans appears set for a lengthy absence due to an apparent thigh injury suffered in training (Derby Telegraph).

The 24-year-old, whose maiden season at Pride Park was hampered by injury, appeared to be back on track this season, with six appearances including three Championship starts under his belt (Transfermarkt).

 

However, the 2018 signing from Reading, who can play central midfield or centre back, will be out for "some time" with a muscle injury, according to Cocu, who admitted it "came out of nowhere".

"Evans is out for some time with a muscle injury - it will take some time," Cocu, speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of Friday's Championship clash with Cardiff City at Pride Park, is quoted by the Derby Telegraph as saying.

Derby County manager \ head coach Phillip Cocu during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Asked whether it be a matter of months out, Cocu replied: "I always have to be careful with muscle injuries. It came out of nowhere. We thought it was a minor issue, but when we examined him a little bit better in the hospital it came out it was more serious than we thought. So it is a big disappointment and he has to work hard to come back."

Following his Rams debut in the Carabao Cup trip to Oldham Athletic last August, Evans was forced off in the first half of the Championship clash with Ipswich Town a week later, spending time on the sidelines until just after Christmas.

Then, from mid-February to late April, he only played 45 minutes in the Championship, in the loss to Aston Villa, before featuring towards the tail end of the season and earning a spot on the bench in the playoffs (Transfermarkt).

George Evans of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Ipswich Town at Pride Park Stadium on August 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

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