Derby County have been dealt a triple injury blow ahead of their upcoming Carabao Cup clash.
According to a report by Derbyshire Live, Wayne Rooney looks set to be without the trio of Tom Lawrence, Festy Ebosele and Kornell McDonald, in addition to longer-term absentees Colin Kazim-Richards, Jason Knight and Krystian Bielik, for the trip to Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
The 35-year-old revealed that Lawrence, who has been sidelined due to a groin injury, will not be back in time for the Carabao Cup fixture tonight and will be touch-and-go for the Nottingham Forest game at the weekend.
Rooney also claimed that McDonald, who is suffering a hamstring injury, will more than likely return to action after the international break; while Ebosele, who has a knock to his knee, is another major doubt for the trip to Yorkshire.
Considering just how small Derby’s first team squad currently is, with Rooney having just 15 fit players at his disposal, the fact that none of Lawrence, Ebosele or McDonald look set to be available for the trip to Bramall Lane is sure to have left the 35-year-old gutted.
The continued absence of Lawrence will come as a particularly big blow, as the attacking midfielder impressed for the Rams last season, scoring three goals and providing one assist over his 23 Championship appearances. He averaged a SofaScore match rating of 6.88 – ranking the 27-year-old as Derby’s sixth-best performer in the second tier.
However, it appears as if Rooney will have to make do without Lawrence, in addition to Ebosele or McDonald, for the Sheffield United game – a fixture in which the 35-year-old will undoubtedly be hoping for another positive result, in order to continue the Rams’ impressive run of form so far in their 2021/22 campaign.