Paul Simpson reveals Bennett is set for six to eight weeks out with a knee injury

Paul Simpson says it was a positive for everyone at Derby County to see George Thorne out on the grass as the midfielder continues to step up his progress from a knee injury.

The 21-year-old has been working his way back from a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury that he sustained in pre-season.

Now four months down the line. Thorne took his rehabilitation outdoors for the first time today as he jogged the across the training pitches at the Training Centre in partnership University of Derby.

Simpson admits that the midfielder received a round of applause from the rest of his team mates – light heartedly joking or not, it was a real bonus for the rest of the squad to see their team mate back out on the pitch.

Speaking to Rams Player, Simpson said: “A real positive today, for everybody, was seeing George Thorne running out on the grass.

“That’s the first time that he has been out and he looked comfortable with running – as comfortable as George will ever feel comfortable running!

“He got a round of applause from the rest of the boys as he came out. That’s a real bonus for everybody and hopefully he will continue to progress as he has done.”


Derby’s First Team Coach has also confirmed that Mason Bennett has been ruled out for six to eight weeks following an injury he picked in the Under 21s’ 1-0 Under 21 Cup Round of 32 victory over West Bromwich Albion last Wednesday.

The young striker was stretchered off in the dying embers of the contest after he had scored the goal that took the Rams through at The Hawthorns.

Bennett saw a specialist today and it has been deemed that he has sustained lateral ligament damage as a result of the challenge that forced him off last week.

Simpson admits that the injury will be a blow to the 18-year-old, who has impressed since returning from a loan spell with Bradford City, but says the forward could benefit from a break.

He added: “Mason has been down to London to see a specialist today, he has some damage to the lateral ligaments and tendons on his knee from the impact of the injury.

“We are looking at six to eight weeks with Mason being out, which is a real blow for him. He’s come back from his loan with Bradford and he’s looked lively, he looks as if he is relaxing a little bit more and enjoying his football again.

“Hopefully he will benefit from having a little break out, get himself refocused again in that period of rehab and be ready to come back into it.”

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