Derby County defender Mike te Wierik says he is ready to return to the starting eleven for this coming week after missing out in the defeat to Watford, Wegdam Nieuws report.

The Dutch defender joined the Rams this past summer after agreeing a deal last January.

Holland ended their season early due to the global health crisis, and Te Wierik’s debut for Derby in the Carabao Cup against Barrow was his first match in some eight months.

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It has been a tough start for the Dutch defender. He featured in the 4-0 defeat against Blackburn Rovers, before dropping to the bench against Norwich City and Watford.

But now, Te Wierik says he is ready to return to first-team duties this coming week.

Wait and see everyone, this week we will play on Tuesday and Friday so there will be new chances soon. [Against Watford], I thought we had earned more. I thought at least one point, but we did concede a really good goal. Then you are again empty-handed.

Derby suffered their fourth defeat in five Championship games as Watford won 1-0 at Pride Park on Friday night. The performance, however, wasn’t too bad.

 

The Rams now have the chance to bounce back with two games this week.

First a trip to a resurging Huddersfield Town side who defeated Swansea City at the weekend before an East Midlands derby clash with rivals Nottingham Forest.

Te Wierik has shown an ability to play out from the back this season. However, many feel he needs to physically impose himself more to compete at Championship level.

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Both Huddersfield and Forest are tall, strong teams who aren’t afraid to go direct.

The Reds, now under the guidance of Chris Hughton, bounced back with victory at Blackburn Rovers and they will look at the derby clash as a chance to really kick-start their campaign.

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