Wayne Rooney will be making his debut in the English second tier for Derby when they take on Barnsley on Thursday according to Derby boss Phillip Cocu.
Wayne Rooney who left MLS team DC United joined Derby in November. Since then he has been waiting for the ‘all clear’ to play for the side.
Derby are looking forward to the Manchester United all-time top goalscorer to finally hit the pitch for them.
Derby are currently 17th on the second tier table, 21 points away from promotion spots.
Derby will be facing off against Barnsley on Thursday 2 January 2020.
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Phillip Cocu has however warned against any high expectations for Rooney’s first appearance stating it will take the Englishman a few games to get into the swing of things.
He went on to say:
“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,”
“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.”
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Rooney himself is very excited to be getting back onto the pitch since his stint at DC United.
Both he and his team are hoping that his experience will help raise the team through the second-tier ranks and see them onto greater things in the future.