Friday 18 January 2019

Hendrick is close to a return for Derby

JEFF Hendrick (pictured) will be back in action in time for Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany next month, his club have revealed.

Derby County feared that key midfielder Hendrick would be sidelined for some time after he suffered a shoulder injury during a Championship clash with Ipswich Town two weeks ago, a game watched by Martin O'Neill.

That injury ruled Hendrick out for the international double header against Oman and Georgia but the 22-year-old is making goof progress in his recovery.

"Jeff is getting a good range of movement in his shoulder," said Derby coach Paul Simpson.

"He has still got a bit of discomfort in the area around the shoulder, which he is bound to have, and we are looking at a four-week plan to get him back involved with us.

"That probably won't be any time this month but we are hopeful he might be available for the first game of next month if everything goes according to the rehabilitation plan the medical department have given him."

Hendrick has started in all seven games for the Rams this season.

He was unavailable for the first three games of Martin O'Neill's reign as Ireland boss and also missed the friendly against Turkey as he was on club duty with Derby but he played in the final three internationals of last season., including impressive starts against Portugal and Italy, and O'Neill is a fan of the former St Kevin's Boys player.

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