Wayne Rooney of Manchester United speaks on the 2011 MLS All-Star Game press convention at All-Star HUB in New York City. AFP
England’s file goalscorer Wayne Rooney will make his debut for second-tier Derby towards Barnsley on Thursday, the membership’s supervisor Phillip Cocu confirmed.
Rooney, 34, joined Derby as a player-coach from MLS aspect DC United however has been ineligible to play for his new aspect till January.
“If a player with the qualities, career and the experience of Rooney (is available) you have to be very happy and glad he is here,” mentioned Cocu after Monday’s 2-1 house win over Charlton within the Championship.
“He’s fit, he can start but he will need a few games. Expectation will be high when he starts playing but we have to give him a few games to build up his minutes and get in the team.
“So maybe not perfect from the start but it’s important he will get in the team as soon as possible so we get a certain shape in our team.”
Rooney’s debut can’t come quickly sufficient for Derby.
Their win on Monday moved them into seventeenth place in English soccer’s second-tier.
However, they’re nonetheless 9 factors shy of the play-off spots and 21 behind the 2 computerized promotion locations.
On Monday, teenage midfielder Jason Knight scored his first objectives in skilled soccer to provide Derby the three factors, ending a run of seven video games and not using a win.
Victory got here regardless of the Rams enjoying many of the match a person down after Krystian Bielik was despatched off for a crude problem on Conor Gallagher.
Knight put Derby forward within the tenth minute at Pride Park when he pressured the ball in on the again publish just for Bielik to see pink quickly afterwards.
But 10-man Derby nonetheless doubled their lead 13 minutes from time when Knight scored his second following a cross from Max Bird.
Charlton ensured a nervous end for the house aspect when the south London membership pulled a aim again seven minutes from time because of Lyle Taylor’s profitable penalty, awarded after Curtis Davies introduced down Gallagher within the field.