Writer: Peter Simcox
Date:Tuesday March 6 2007
Derby County received bad news on the injury front yesterday, with Michael Johnson diagnosed with a torn hamstring, and he could be missing for five to six weeks. He limped off minutes before the break in Friday's home victory over Colchester United.
There were fears the injury prone defender had suffered knee ligament damage, but the injury is a poorly timed and leaves the Rams short of recognised centre-backs going into their Championship race for promotion.
Rams boss was philosophical on the situation, he said: "On the one hand, we are fortunate it is not a serious knee injury but on the other, we are disappointed that it's a bad hamstring injury."
It gives Davies a few headaches going into tonight`s match at Carrow Road against Norwich City (7.45pm). Dean Leacock is back in training but is doubtful for the clash, as Derby look to regain top spot in the Championship, having been overtaken by Birmingham City who beat Cardiff City 1-0 on Sunday at St Andrews.
The options for the Rams coach are Jay McEveley, Marc Edworthy and Tyrone Mears. Edworthy filled the role against Sunderland and Colchester but McEveley could get the nod at Norwich.
Davies said: "We have a number of players who can fill in but we know that Edworthy and Mears are not centre-backs and to be fair we always try to play players in their right position.
"McEveley can play in there and we will look around and see if there are other options elsewhere."
Davies has not ruled out dipping into the loan market to breach the gap at the back. "If a player is available and is right for Derby County we will have a look," he added. He also said he is unlikely, at the moment, to recall Lewin Nyatanga from his loan spell at Barnsley.
Date:Tuesday March 6 2007
Keogh And Hendrick Called-Up Again (Friday October 31 2014)
Vital Derby On Facebook (Friday October 31 2014)
Chelsea Up Next In The Cup (Thursday October 30 2014)
Rams Reach Quarter Finals (Wednesday October 29 2014)
Stats: Fulham v Derby County (Wednesday October 29 2014)
McClean Double Downs Derby (Saturday October 25 2014)
Stats: Derby County v Wigan Athletic (Saturday October 25 2014)
Top Of The League (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Stats: Blackpool v Derby County (Tuesday October 21 2014)
Butland In Line To Start? (Tuesday October 21 2014)
|1. Derby County||14||7||5||2||+12||26|
|On this day 2007
» Blackpool : 31/10/2014 20:25:00
|LUFC Can Leeds get back to winning ways?
» Leeds Utd : 31/10/2014 20:00:00
|LUFC Woolmer in charge of Cardiff clash
» Leeds Utd : 31/10/2014 19:00:00
|Junior Cherries Xmas Party - 9th December
» Bournemouth : 31/10/2014 17:49:00
|AFCB host open training session
» Bournemouth : 31/10/2014 17:37:00