Derby County supporters have responded to the club’s official Twitter post ruling Mason Mount out of the Nottingham Forest clash.
Manager Frank Lampard told the club’s Twitter account that Mount is unlikely to feature against Forest on Monday with the midfielder still nursing an injury he picked up at Accrington Stanley.
The Rams head into their clash with their biggest rivals coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Millwall. As a result, they missed the chance to climb back into the Championship’s playoff positions.
Without Mount in midfield, Derby managed just a draw away at Ipswich Town while they lost to Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup. His absence has clearly had a negative impact on the side.
Supporters are now fearing for the worst at the City Ground in what is the club’s biggest game of the season.
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Here are a pick of the quotes from fans reacting to news on Mason Mount:
How Mason Mount makes Derby County tick:
Mount has been a pivotal figure in Derby’s midfield this season. He has scored four goals and grabbed two assists in 26 Championship starts. But, more importantly is his ability to link the play, with the Chelsea loanee picking up positions between the midfield and attack.
Derby have looked toothless without his presence in recent games. Against Millwall, Frank Lampard’s side managed just one shot on target all game – a tame header in stoppage time.
The defeat leaves them in seventh position, two points behind Bristol City in sixth who have played a game less. Forest, meanwhile, are eighth and four points below the Rams.
The upcoming clash at the City Ground could go a long way in deciding the two clubs’ playoff fate. On current form, the Reds will start the clash as favourites and Derby would probably take a draw now if offered.