INJURED George Thorne has tweeted messages to fans assuring them he will be back in time for the run-in.
The 21-year-old player was injured during a pre-season friendly in Austria on Tuesday night and has been told he will be out for up to nine months.
The injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee came just days after signing for Derby County from West Bromwich Albion for a rumoured £2 million plus.
Fans have been left shocked at the news as many were pinning their hopes on him to win promotion this coming season
He wrote on Twitter: "Don't forget what the team achieved last year. Exciting season ahead and I'll join them for the run in. Look forward to seeing the iPro rocking."
He also wrote in a separate tweet: "Obviously gutted doesn't really cut it, but I know how to handle it. Appreciate all the messages guys."