Derby County forward Martyn Waghorn admitted to RamsTV he thought his season was over after picking up a hamstring injury against Luton Town in early April.
The Rams’ last victory came in a 2-0 win over the Hatters earlier this month. It was a vital three points but came at a cost with Waghorn and Lee Gregory picking up injuries.
Gregory has since been ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
And fears were Waghorn had suffered a similar blow. However, the former Ipswich Town man returned to action and started last weekend’s defeat at home to Birmingham City.
Speaking to RamsTV, Waghorn admits he thought his season was done.
“I’ve had a couple of hamstring injuries in the past, and the games were running out at that point. I was counting down, and you just start evaluating everything when you’re in the position that your season might be over, and you need to help the lads. It was a bit frustrating but thankfully I’ve come back quicker than I thought thanks to the guys in the medical department. It’s nice to be back,” Waghorn explained.
Waghorn arrived at Derby in the summer of 2018 for a £5 million fee.
The 31-year-old scored 21 Championship goals in his first two seasons at Pride Park, but this season has been one to forget with just three strikes in 30 league appearances.
Waghorn’s contract at Pride Park expires this coming summer.
Derby’s league status come the end of the season may ultimately decide whether Waghorn remains on for another year, as cutbacks would be necessary in League One.
Wayne Rooney’s side can secure survival with a victory over Swansea City this weekend, while a failure to win could prompt a final day showdown with Sheffield Wednesday.