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Report: Warne handed Derby County boost as ‘special’ talent set for training return before Cambridge

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Derby County has struggled mightily this season, but it hasn’t stopped them from contending at the top; one important first-team player is getting close to returning.

With an unexpected double from Sonny Bradley, Derby County defeated Leyton Orient 3-0 on Saturday afternoon to secure all three points. The Rams were aware that with Bolton Wanderers on their tails, they could not afford to make a mistake.

The promotion pendulum swung back in Derby’s favor after Bolton drew with Portsmouth, but it was no longer in their hands after their goalless draw with Wycombe Wanderers.

With one important player getting closer to playing again, Paul Warne’s team now needs to win their final two games to ensure their return to the Championship.

Max Bird will soon resume his training in Derby County.

Max Bird, a midfielder for Derby, has been out since the beginning of March due to a calf injury. Despite missing eight games due to injury, the Rams have still won five of those games with the 23-year-old starting.

The box-to-box midfielder Bird was supposed to return to training at the end of last month, but his recuperation has taken longer than anticipated.

The Derby Telegraph claims that he should be back in the team for this weekend’s match against Cambridge United, which will be a great boost for Warne.

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Max Bird may elegantly end his career at Derby County

Bird, who joined the Derby Academy at the age of nine, will leave his boyhood club in just two matches, 14 years after he first joined.

The Robins loaned him back to Pride Park for the balance of the season after Bristol City emerged victorious in the January transfer window.

Bird’s calf injury has limited his participation throughout the most important part of their season, but he can play a part in the final two games to end his Rams career in style.

Max Bird Derby County career stats Statistic
Appearances 198
Goals 9
Assists 17

The Englishman made his club debut in September 2017 against Barnsley. In 198 games across all competitions, he has nine goals and 17 assists.

Assuming he plays in the final two games, Bird, who journalist Leigh Curtis called a “unique talent,” might end his career with 200 appearances.

His comeback will undoubtedly be a major plus for the Rams, giving them more offensive dynamism and production to go along with the tackling monster that is Ebou Adams.

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