Derby County Left In Difficult Financial Situation After Huge Injury Blow

Derby County loanee Elliot Embleton has returned to Sunderland following an injury suffered in training last Friday which is a huge blow for both the player and the Rams.

Elliot was taking a corner in training prior to Derby’s trip to Carlisle United on Saturday when the problem occurred. The midfielder has not long returned from a spell of eight months on the sideline with a broken ankle and now faces another couple of months on the injury table.

The 24-year-old moved to Pride Park on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, hoping to recover quickly from his ankle break and finally get some minutes under his belt once again. Unfortunately, Embleton made merely two appearances, including one in League One and may not return until next year.

Derby head coach Paul Warne confirmed in his press conference that Embleton has suffered a severe quad injury, hence why he has returned to the North East to his parent club. The worry for Derby County will be paying Embleton’s wages.

According to journalist Dominic Dietrich, the Rams will continue to pay their contribution to Embleton’s wages until January. Salary Sport are claiming that Embleton is on £5,300 per week, making him Sunderland’s tenth-highest earner.

It is unknown just how much of the player’s wages Derby are paying contractually but it could be set to cost the club thousands over the coming months for someone who is not going to feature for the side at all.

Warne’s woes

Speaking in his press conference today, Warne revealed conversations he had with Embleton on Friday and confirmed that the player will need to undergo surgery too [quotes via Derbyshire Live]:

“I knew it was severe last Friday because I went into the doctor’s room where he was laying down,” he said. “He was in tears. I tapped him and told him I was sorry but he had no recollection of me going in the room because that’s how much of a dark place he was in, bless him.

“He went for the scan and it’s severe. I think he will need surgical repair. I saw him in the car park on Tuesday because he came in to say goodbye to everyone. He is going to do his rehab back up in Sunderland because he is going to be out for a few months.”

Writer’s View

This is merely one of the very few risks with taking a player on loan. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things. Nobody is to blame here but one can’t help but feel for Embleton right now.

However, the player will come back mentally stronger than ever and hopefully won’t be out for as long as is currently feared.


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