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George Thorne injury worries played down by Derby County

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

George Thorne injury worries played down by Derby County

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GEORGE Thorne's injuries, which forced him to leave the pitch early in a friendly against Zenit St Petersburg have been played down by Derby County.

The midfielder was making his first appearance earler this week since he signed from West Bromwich Albion in a deal believed to be worth £2m plus add-ons.

Thorne started the 2-0 defeat by Zenit in Austria but twice needed treatment from the physio before he was replaced by John Eustace after 34 minutes.

Rams fans who had travelled to Kalsdorf, on the outskirts of Graz, looked on concerned as the player left the pitch.

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But first-team coach Paul Simpson believes Thorne’s knocks are not too serious.

“George took two knocks,” said Simpson.

“The first was a dead leg and then he jarred his knee just underneath his dead leg.

“He was limping and feeling a bit sorry for himself, hopefully he will be OK.

“George was only going to play 45 minutes or a bit longer, so he has not missed out on a lot of football.”

Simpson said the quality of Russian giants Zenit was not a surprise.

Belgian World Cup midfielder Axel Witsel put them ahead in the first half and Ivan Solovyev made it two four minutes from full time.

“We knew it was going to be a tough test,” said Simpson.

“With Zenit, we are talking about a group of world-class players but we are delighted with the workout.

“It was about working on a few things tactically and giving a few of the players 90 minutes – Richard Keogh, Jake Buxton, Jeff Hendrick, Craig Forsyth and Chris Martin. They needed 90 minutes in the pre-season plan.”

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