Wayne Rooney eyeing Derby debut against struggling Barnsley



Posted Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by PA

Wayne Rooney eyeing Derby debut against struggling Barnsley

Wayne Rooney could make his Derby debut in the Sky Bet Championship clash against relegation battlers Barnsley.

The former England captain agreed an 18-month player-coach deal with the Rams back in August, but after finishing his spell with DC United, the striker could not feature until the winter transfer window opens.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu will be without defender Krystian Bielik, who is suspended after being sent off during Monday night’s 2-1 win over Charlton.

Right-back Jayden Bogle could return to the squad having missed the last match with an eye infection, but midfielder Tom Lawrence serves out his own two-game ban.

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber named an unchanged starting line-up for the goalless draw at Swansea.

The Tykes are unbeaten in five league games, which has seen them close the gap on the teams above them as they aim to climb out of the bottom three.

Captain Alex Mowatt shook off his recent sickness bug to start against the Swans so will be monitored after coming off after an hour.

Winger Mamadou Thiam and forward Patrick Schmidt are both options should Struber look to freshen up the side.

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