According to a report by SportoweFakty, Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik won’t return to training for another nine months after his ACL injury.

The Poland international suffered an injury in an U23 game with Tottenham Hotspur.

It was immediately suggested that Bielik had suffered an ACL knee ligament injury. This was later confirmed with the player set to miss the rest of the season.

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But fresh reports claim it could be worse than previously expected.

SportoweFakty claim Bielik has already undergone surgery. After ripping the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, he won’t return to training for another nine months.

It rules the former Arsenal man out of the European Championships this summer. He will miss pre-season with Derby, and likely won’t feature for the first team until 2021.

It’s is terribly unlucky with Bielik battling fitness since moving to Pride Park.

The Rams signed the Pole for a projected £10 million fee from Arsenal last summer. While the fee raised eyebrows, there is no doubt Bielik possesses plenty of potential.

The 22-year-old started 19 Championship games this season. His average of 2.7 tackles per game is among the highest in the league for holding midfielders.

(Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images).

In his absence, former academy star Max Bird has established himself in the team.

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