Keeper Fielding back in action after injury lay-off
FRANK Fielding returned to action yesterday after a six-week injury lay-off.
The Derby County goalkeeper played 90 minutes in yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Under-21 Professional Development League Two North.
Fielding has missed seven first-team matches since injuring his groin in the final seconds of the Rams' Championship encounter at Middlesbrough at the start of October.
"It's nice to be back playing football," said the 24-year-old stopper. "I've never been injured before for this amount of time during a season, so it's been horrendous. I'm just looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and I'll take each day as it comes.
"I've been out for six weeks and it's the first time I've played a game – I only had one training session on Monday – so I was expecting a bit of soreness.
"But I was flinging myself around and able to do everything I needed to do. I've not played for the Under-21s before and I enjoyed it."
Adam Legzdins has stepped into the breach in Fielding's absence and staked his claim for the number one shirt on a regular basis.
"Adam has done very well and I'm really pleased for him," Fielding added.
"He's waited for his chance and he's taken his chance.
"So now it's just a case of me and him both working hard and seeing what the gaffer (Nigel Clough) does.
"There's only one position for goalkeeper and of course he will want to keep his place. That's football.
"I'll just do what the gaffer and medical staff tell me and take it from there.
"Every day for me is a step towards, hopefully, getting back in the first team."
Conor Doyle was also back in action for the Rams, going on as a 68th-minute substitute. Doyle returned to the UK last week after undergoing emergency surgery to remove his appendix during a team break in the USA a month ago.