Derby County defender Andre Wisdom may have already played his final game for the club as he was withdrawn with injury in the midweek defeat at Preston North End.

Wisdom arrived at Derby on a permanent deal back in 2017.

The former Liverpool defender was one of Gary Rowett’s main signings that summer, and he played a key role in the club reaching the playoffs in the 2017-18 campaign.

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Wisdom later found first-team opportunities hard to come by under Frank Lampard.

But former manager Phillip Cocu brought him back into the frame as a replacement for Richard Keogh and Wisdom has since established himself as a centre-back.

The 27-year-old has started 36 Championship games for the Rams this season.

But with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Wisdom could leave Pride Park on a free transfer and he may not play again this season after his midweek injury.

Current boss Wayne Rooney is already down to the bare bones in defence, and his side were dealt another blow as Wisdom departed with a groin injury at Preston.

To rub salt into the wounds, Derby were emphatically beaten 3-0 at Deepdale.

With Matt Clarke, George Edmundson and Teden Mengi on loan, Derby are in danger of heading into the summer without a recognised central defender on their books.

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Rooney will have a big job on his hands this summer. However, much will depend on the potential takeover and Derby’s status amid the danger of relegation to League One.

The defeat at Preston leaves the Rams four points above Rotherham in 22nd with three games remaining. The Millers, meanwhile, still have two games in hand.

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