Christie putting Derby County on back-burner

Derby County right-back Cyrus Christie has switched his attention to international duty after joining up with the Republic of Ireland squad.

Injury forced the 24-year-old out of contention for Martin O’Neill’s last squad, but he has now been included for a World Cup qualifier against Wales and a friendly with Iceland.

Delighted to be called up and back in the squad and looking forward to this week after missing out through injury last time ????????☘️

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Christie has had injury problems this season and has not featured since the Rams’ 3-0 defeat to Brighton at The Amex on March 10.

The full-back broke a bone in his foot during Derby’s 3-2 triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers in November, and it keep him out of action for 11 weeks.

Christie recently required an injection to ease pain in his foot, and as a result missed his side’s 2-2 draw with East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

Derby have entered a new era following the appointment of Gary Rowett as manager, but that will be put on the back-burner for now as Christie and his teammates join up with their national sides.