Derby County manager Phillip Cocu has told RamsTV that midfielder George Evans will be out for more than two months after picking up a calf injury in training.

The 2018 summer signing missed the trip to former club Reading last weekend.

There wasn’t any confirmed news on Evans at the time, and his absence was a surprise after he featured in the 1-0 home defeat to Millwall the previous weekend.

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But speaking to RamsTV, Cocu has now confirmed he will be out for a while.

It’s a calf injury. It’s a little bit worse than we thought than it would be. He trained on Tuesday and had a little bit of pain but not too much. But then after the examination and scans it was not good news. He will be out for maybe eight to ten weeks. It’s part of the game but we are a little bit unlucky in facing quite a few injuries that take the players out for three months or more.

Another injury blow to Derby County’s midfield.

Derby have suffered several injuries this season. But the midfield area seems to have been hit the most, with Evans the latest of three senior players side-lined.

Tom Huddlestone picked up an ankle injury in the draw at Barnsley back in October. He hasn’t featured for the Rams since. Graeme Shinne, meanwhile, is still out of action after pulling his hamstring against Preston North End in November.

Krystian Bielik also missed a few games with injury, leaving Derby down to the bare bones.

Manager Phillip Cocu has promoted academy player Jason Knight to first team duties. The young Irishman has impressed, despite results going against the Rams.

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Evans has had a mixed season so far. The 25-year-old has featured in 11 Championship games, but the Rams have won just once when he has been a starter.

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