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Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik has been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for December.

The Polish international made a huge impact on his return to the starting line-up following 10 months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

He made only his second start of the season against Coventry City on 1st December but would go on to play every minute for the Rams during the month as they picked up 12 points from a possible 21 available.

That included wins against Millwall, Swansea City and Birmingham City whilst the Rams also picked up points against Coventry, Brentford and Stoke City.

Bielik’s all-round play has been impressive. He has provided protection to a back four which kept five clean sheets out of a possible seven during the month, whilst his ability to create attacks has seen the Rams dominant going forward in recent weeks.

He even notched his first goal for Derby County in a resounding 4-0 victory over Birmingham City at St. Andrews. After an error by Blues goalkeeper Neil Etheridge at a set piece, Bielik pounced, converting from close range to set Derby on their way to a convincing away victory.

Bielik has been nominated for the award alongside Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia, Brentford’s Sergi Canos and Middlesbrough’s Duncan Watmore.

The judging panel consists of Sky Sports EFL expert Don Goodman, EFL Communications Director Mark Rowan and Sky Bet EFL Trader Ivor Davies and the winner will be announced on Friday 8th January.