Jason Knight in action at the international friendly between Hungary and the Republic of Ireland in Budapest in June. Photo: Alex Nicodim / Sportsfile
WAYNE Rooney has confirmed that Derby County’s Jason Knight has no chance of being fit in time for next month’s World Cup qualification, although he is recovering quickly Making progress.
Knight was sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury in a pre-season clash with manager Rooney on the training pitch, and Stephen Kenny didn’t expect the Dubliner to be in time for one of the games in the World Cup triple -Header would be ready.
“We’ll see where he stands after the international break. He almost missed a complete preparation.
“He’s a fit guy anyway, but he’s still going to need this soccer practice to get back on track,” said Rooney.
“He’s still in the gym and he’s starting to lean a little more weight on it (ankle). We’ll have a better idea of where it is by the end of this week, and then we can set a timescale from there.
“His rehab is going well, he’s improving every day. His attitude towards the training he did was excellent. The physios are thrilled with him. ”
Asmir Begovic’s summer exit opened the door for Travers to establish himself and he started in all five games for the championship team this season.
But the recent arrest of Norwegian international Orjan Nyland has increased competition and manager Scott Parker will likely skip Travers and use Nyland in the League Cup game tonight against Norwich City.
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“Travers has done very, very well and I’ve seen him improve,” says Parker. “Of course I’ve seen big improvements from game to game, which is very, very gratifying. I think healthy competition in this position is key. Hopefully Nyland will give us that. ”
Norwich will likely give young defender Andrew Omobamidele a run-out against the Cherries after recovering from tonsillitis.
In the meantime, Glenn Whelan is ready to reconnect with Joey Barton at League Two club Bristol Rovers. Former Manchester City teammates worked together in Fleetwood Town and Barton, now in charge of Rovers, is keen to land a deal with Whelan, 37.
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