Derby County’s Robbie Savage has missed most of the season with a plethora of injuries and he is unlikely to return soon. He has played just 7 times for the Rams this season and is expected to stay at Derby Park when Derby play Championship football next season.
Yet Derby boss Paul Jewell sympathises with Savage’s condition and says:
Robbie seems to be carrying one injury after another.
We have not seen the best of him by a long way and I think his performances are going to attract criticism, there is no way he has played well.
He is very low on confidence. He is almost trying too hard and is not doing one thing or the other. He is playing with niggling injuries when maybe he shouldn’t be.
I think Robbie is trying to take too much on. He doesn’t want to say he is injured and make it look like he is bailing out, I can see that.
Maybe we will have to have a look at giving him a rest and getting him properly fit, but he will want to play.
He will be an effective player for us, I have no doubt about that. At the moment, like a few other players, he is ineffective, but in his defence there are mitigating circumstances.
The string of injuries to Savage indeed raises the fear that maybe, just maybe, Savage’s playing career is over. Is it indeed so?