Kazim-Richards set for lengthy absence

Things go from bad to worse for Derby County as last season’s top scorer Colin Kazim-Richards is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The striker went down with a serious looking injury early in the second half of Saturday’s trip to Peterborough United.

His replacement, 19-year-old Jack Stretton, had opened the scoring in the 77th minute at London Road, before the home side scored twice in stoppage time to earn the first points of the season for Posh.

The well-traveled Kazim-Richards top scored for the Rams with eight goals in 37 league games for Derby County last season, also playing a key role in linking up the attack.

Manager Wayne Rooney won’t even be allowed to replace the 34-year-old as his side are currently under a transfer embargo. This means the inexperienced manager will have to make use of teenager Stretton for a potentially long time.

Stretton only made his first senior start in midweek’s EFL Cup victory over Salford City.

The Rams were the lowest scoring team in the Championship last season, only avoiding relegation to the third tier by the narrowest of margins.

Derby County are back in action on Wednesday night when they go to Hull City.