Wayne Rooney looks to young players as Derby County responsibilities fully revealed


Wayne Rooney is considering giving Liam Thompson his league debut when County Derby takes on league leaders Bournemouth.

Thompson has impressed Rooney, and the 19-year-old midfielder could appear in Sunday’s game at Pride Park Stadium.

Derby sits at the bottom of the table with minus three points after being deducted from 21 points this season and facing the prospect of relegation to League One.

Asked if the situation means other young players will be given opportunities in the squad, Rooney said: “They will have the chance to come in if they have earned it.

“There are players who have done really well, Liam Thompson has done a fantastic job for the Under-23s, he’s been consistently the best Under-23 player for quite some time.”

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The Derby County Trustees’ “State of Play” report landed at Companies House.

It’s part of the administrative process as the Rams continue to seek a buyer with a number of interested parties eager to take over Pride Park.

The document includes details of the club’s assets and liabilities that are publicly available.

It shows that over £ 26million is owed to HMRC and £ 20million to MSD Holdings.

In addition, a combination of football and trade creditors owe around £ 15million.

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Injury update

Derby County hopes Krystian Bielik can resume operations in late December or early January.

The Polish international midfielder is coming back from a second serious knee injury.

He’s been out of action since sustaining cruciate ligament damage in the home win over Bristol City in January.

Asked about the player’s progress, manager Wayne Rooney said: “When can we see him playing again? Probably around the end of December or January.

“He has been away for a long time and needs to develop his fitness, strength and power. Once he has done that and trained with us for a few weeks, he will be available for selection.”

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Intelligent knight

County Derby youngster Jason Knight has been praised for his “smart” and selfless play by Arsenal and Ireland legend Liam Brady.

The 20-year-old made an incredible impact on the bench for the Republic of Ireland national team on Monday night, playing a role in all three of the team’s goals as they beat Luxembourg 3-0.

In the second half of the Tax Exiles battle, Knight replaced Norwich City striker Adam Idah on the hour mark and in five minutes won a free kick to the edge of the box.

That free kick led straight to the first goal, Josh Cullen putting the ball over Shane Duffy’s head where he could only score at the Stade de Luxembourg.

“Knight’s introduction was very revealing. He looks like a very smart player. He gave Matt Doherty a nice pass along the baseline and his assist for Robinson’s goal was classy. “Brady told RTÉ.

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