The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Bai­ley

MAN­AGER Nigel Pear­son won’t be rush­ing mid­fielder Ge­orge Thorne back into first-team ac­tion for Derby County and thinks fans may have to wait un­til midNovem­ber to see him in ac­tion.

Thorne, 23, ar­rived at the iPro Sta­dium in 2014 but dam­aged a cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment dur­ing that pre­sea­son and suf­fered a bro­ken leg in the fi­nal game of last sea­son.

Pear­son be­lieves it’s in Thorne’s long-term in­ter­est to re­main on the side­lines un­til he is com­pletely match fit.

“I don’t fore­see him be­ing avail­able un­til midNovem­ber,” said Pear­son.

“With the na­ture of the in­jury and one or two com­pli­ca­tions he has had to deal with, I think it is very im­por­tant for us to make sure when he is back, he is back with a re­ally good chance of stay­ing in­juryfree for a long time to come.

“When you are deal­ing with play­ers it is about strik­ing a bal­ance be­tween get­ting them back avail­able, but be­ing able to stay avail­able.

“I never take those de­ci­sions lightly, and cer­tainly in Ge­orge Thorne’s case we have got to make sure he does enough train­ing and is pre­pared as well as he can be be­fore he is ex­posed again to first-team ac­tion.”

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