Blow for Conor Doyle as he is denied chance of midfield role
A TORN hamstring has denied Conor Doyle a chance to show what he can do on the right side of Derby County's midfield.
Doyle faces four to six weeks out after suffering the injury playing for the Reserves last week.
Nigel Clough was planning to hand the 20-year-old games between now and the end of the season.
"It is a blow for Conor and bad timing because as soon as we got to the safety mark, points-wise, we were going to take a look at him on the right side of midfield," said the manager.
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"With right-back John Brayford out and Paul Green probably having to stay at right-back, it was an ideal chance to take a look at Conor, once we had sufficient points in the bag.
"He has done ever so well in training but now he is likely to be out for most of the rest of the season."
Nathan Tyson started on the right side of midfield against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and Ben Davies has also filled the role at times.
Doyle's only start this season came in the defeat at Peterborough in November.
He has made five other appearances as a substitute. The last was in the goalless draw at Millwall last month.