Ryan Conway for The Athletic has taken to Twitter to say Derby County midfielder Krystian Bielik hasn’t had an operation yet following his ACL knee ligament injury.

The Poland international spent the bulk of 2020 out with a knee ligament injury.

He made his long-awaited return at the end of last year, before really finding his feet and performing his best football under current Derby manager Wayne Rooney.

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Bielik was one of the best players in the Championship from late December onwards, scoring twice and picking up three MOTM awards in five matches.

The former Arsenal man, however, cruelly suffered yet another ACL knee ligament injury in the win over Bristol City on January 30 and will spend another lengthy spell out.

But while covering Rooney’s pre-match comments for Derby’s trip to Watford on Friday, Ryan Conway mentioned how Bielik has interestingly yet to have surgery on the injury.

The update comes as a surprise and leaves questions to be answered. Is the extent of the injury still unclear, or could it be that it isn’t as bad as first feared?

Either way, Derby will hope Bielik makes a full recovery as his ability is undeniable.

The Rams lost their subsequent match post Bielik’s injury with a 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United, but 2-1 wins over Middlesbrough and Wycombe Wanderers have followed.

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Derby have won five of their last six games and are now six points clear of the Championship drop zone ahead of their trip to promotion-chasing Watford on Friday night.

Rooney remains confident the Rams will beat the drop this season, though the absence of Bielik does make the task more difficult given his huge presence in midfield.

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