Wayne Rooney reportedly injured Derby player Jason Knight with a “50-50 tackle” on the training ground.
The Rams avoided relegation to Ligue 1 by one point last season, but their preparations for the next campaign have been hectic with financial problems and an EFL embargo, meaning they only have nine registered senior players. , including two goalkeepers.
And now it is reported that Derby shot himself in the foot – with the Daily Telegraph claiming Rooney was responsible for the injury to Knight, who could be out for up to 12 weeks with the ankle injury.
The report adds that the incident happened during Derby training camp at Pennyhill Park, a luxury hotel in Surrey.
It is understood it was accidental, but it should leave the 20-year-old midfielder on the sidelines for the first two months of the season.
“Jason will be out for eight to twelve weeks. He shook his ankle, luckily he doesn’t need surgery but needs time to make sure he gets his ankle back strong, ”Rooney said.
“Of course (it’s a big blow) everyone knows what Knighty brings to us, he’s a fantastic player, great energy, and it will be a loss, but we have to face that.”
Knight was absent for Derby’s friendly pre-season loss to Salford City last weekend and Rooney is scrambling to build a squad in time for Huddersfield’s visit to Pride Park Stadium on the opening weekend of the championship season 2021/22.
Derby is also in talks with the EFL to lift the transfer embargo imposed on them.