According to The Athletic, Derby County loanee George Edmundson put himself through the pain barrier to face Preston North End in midweek.

It’s claimed that Edmundson was in the treatment room alongside Kamil Jozwiak, but told Wayne Rooney that he was available for the bench against Preston.

Edmundson had picked up a hernia injury, but made it clear that he was ready to play if needed, showing the fight and determination Derby need right now.

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George Edmundson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Huddersfield Town at the Pride Park, Derby on Tuesday 23rd February 2021. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It turned out that Derby needed Edmundson more than expected; he was brought on in the first half after Andre Wisdom picked up an injury.

 

Sadly, Edmundson’s didn’t count for all that much on the night as Preston romped to a comfortable 3-0 win over the hapless Rams.

Edmundson did though have one of Derby’s best chances to score, forcing Daniel Iversen into a superb save with the score at 1-0.

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BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: George Edmundson of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Derby County at Oakwell Stadium on March 10, 2021 in Barnsley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Rangers loanee appears to have no future at Ibrox, and may now be playing for a long-term future at Derby with his loan expiring this summer.

These battling qualities will stand him in good stead with fans, but much will depend on whether Derby and Edmundson can fight to stay in the Championship.

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