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Big blow for Derby ahead of play-offs as midfielder breaks leg

Derby County have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the play-off after it was confirmed that star midfielder George Thorne suffered a broken leg in their match with Ipswich on Saturday.

George Thorne in action for Derby at Brighton last weekend Credit: PA

The club said today he sustained a double-break to his lower right leg, following a tackle in the second half of the match.

X-rays confirmed the break, and the club says they expect Thorne to be out of action for around three months.

Derby take on Hull in the play-off semi finals, and will play the first leg at home after finishing fifth in the Championship.

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Andy Reid: 'We just want to beat Derby'

The iPro Stadium is the venue for this weekend's East Midlands derby as Derby County and Nottingham Forest go head-to-head.

Forest were victorious in the reverse fixture at the City Ground earlier in the season, but Derby are fighting for promotion.

Nottingham Forest player & coach Andy Reid gave us some fighting talk ahead of tomorrow's hugely anticipated fixture.

Harry Redknapp: Derby County can make automatic promotion

Harry Redknapp at today's conference Credit: ITV News Central

Newly appointed Derby County advisor Harry Redknapp says the side deserve promotion and can make automatic promotion in the next nine games.

Speaking at a press conference today, he confirmed that he isn't joining the club to manage it, but to advise Head Coach Darren Wassall.

Redknapp will combine his role with his new appointment as manager of the Jordan national team for their next two games.

He'll take charge of Jordan's World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Australia later this month.

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