Will Hughes: Derby County midfielder returns to full training

Will Hughes
Will Hughes was injured after just 33 minutes of the new season

Derby County midfielder Will Hughes has returned to full training after seven months out with a knee injury.

The 20-year-old suffered anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the opening game of the Championship season against Bolton in August.

Head coach Darren Wassall told BBC Radio Derby: "He had an hour session and came through with flying colours.

"He joined in the whole session and he looks in fine fettle. He had a big smile on his face all day."

Wassall said taking part in the session was a "big moment" for England Under-21 star Hughes.

"He completed everything," Wassall added. "And for a player to end with a small-sided game and contact when you have been out of for six or seven months is a huge relief.

"With Will, we have a duty of care as a club to look after him. We certainly can't rush him, but the rehabilitation has been excellent. Hopefully he is through the worst of it now."

Will Hughes
Will Hughes has made 122 league appearances for Derby County since his debut in 2011