News – UK – Wayne Rooney gives instructions to Derby County’s squad to prepare for the players reunion


Derby County boss Wayne Rooney insists none of his players should speak to Duane Holmes and Richard Keogh to Pride Park tonight

before they return

Derby faces Huddersfield Town in the East Midlands tonight Both teams want to collect three important points to remove themselves from the relegation zone of the championship

That night, ex-Derby players Keogh and Holmes return to Pride Park for the first time since leaving the club

Keogh was controversially sacked by Derby in October 2019 after Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett suffered an alcohol-related incident in which he sustained knee ligament injuries

Holmes left Derby last month and secured a return to Huddersfield when the club was looking for donations

Both players were popular locker room figures during their time at Pride Park, but Rooney doesn’t want his players to remember or catch up before the game.

Speaking to BBC Derby, he said: “I am sure that Richard Keogh and Duane Holmes will return two players who will focus on their work for Huddersfield”

“I’ve told my players that I don’t want to see anyone speak to them before the game”If they want to talk and catch up, they can do it after the game, but before the game we have to focus on our work

“We have to focus on ourselves and that’s it. After the game they can talk about what they want. It is important that we keep our attention and focus on ourselves”

It’s no surprise Rooney makes this kind of claim that he technically wasn’t at Derby when Keogh left the club, but he never really seemed to get to Holmes while leading him

It’s a big game for Derby and every point at this stage of the season is so important that he has to keep his players focused on the job at hand

He’s played in two of the biggest derbies in English football where you can’t afford to make friends before the game

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News – UK – Wayne Rooney directs Derby County’s squad as they prepare for the players’ reunion
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