An injury is behind the continuing absence of Rangers loanee George Edmundson from the Derby County side, manager Wayne Rooney has explained.

The Ibrox defender, 23, was sent on loan to the Rams in January after failing to break back into the Gers side following a high-profile Covid-19 breach earlier in the season.

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Rangers loan star George Edmundson had impressed in the early part of his Derby County career. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The defender was also limited to only two appearances at Ibrox this season prior to the incident in November.

Despite initially impressing at Pride Park – playing in six matches for the Championship side since February – Edmundson hasn’t been seen in white since mid-March.

This had plenty of Rangers fans questioning the absence with fears about his impact down south and what that would mean for the defender’s future at Ibrox or elsewhere.

But as it transpires, the defender has been suffering from a hernia injury not long after a similar situation required surgery just before he moved down south.

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Manager Wayne Rooney talked about the possibility of more surgery as he gave a timeline of when the player should be back playing after failing to appears in the club’s last four games.

“Before George came to us (on loan from Rangers) he had surgery on a hernia and he has a hernia on the other side,” said Rooney [Derby Telegraph].

“It is a decision we have to make whether he has surgery on it or not, but I think he will be out for two or three weeks.”

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Derby boss Wayne Rooney revealed a hernia was the cause of Edmundson’s mystery absence. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Alongside Jordan Jones, Edmundson was suspended for seven games after being caught attending a party in Glasgow’s west end in November.

His partner in crime is having slightly better luck out on loan as he came out on top against a fellow Gers loanee in a League One clash last week.

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