Derby County manager Phillip Cocu says Tom Huddlestone won’t be available to feature against Luton Town after suffering a hamstring injury, RamsTV report.
The experienced midfielder had to be withdrawn from Derby’s 2-2 draw against Barnsley just before half-time.
Huddlestone had put Derby in-front from the penalty spot, but in doing so seemed to pull up as he immediately signalled to the bench asking for a change.
Coco has since confirmed it’s a hamstring injury which may prompt a lengthy absence.
He felt something in his hamstring. I hope it’s not too bad, but if he has real damage he will be out for some time. Normally you have to wait 48 hours, [but] definitely not available for the Saturday game. Let’s hope it’s not too bad.
Huddlestone has started every one of Derby’s games this season. Cocu seems to rely on his experience to help out some of the younger players breaking through.
In his absence, Krystian Bielik replaced him in midfield at Oakwell and performed well.
Many Rams supporters are keen to see the Poland international remain at holding midfield. So far, the £10 million summer signing has mainly featured at centre-back.
Bielik completed three tackles and six clearances against Barnsley. He adds more bite and drive in midfield, and his passing ability is somewhat underrated too.
Derby’s next encounter is against Luton Town at home. The Rams will be looking to extend their unbeaten run and climb the Championship table heading into the international break.