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Pearson out for up to four months

Stephen Pearson
The former Celtic player signed for Derby in 2007

Derby County midfielder Stephen Pearson could be out for up to four months after a undergoing a knee operation.

The 25-year-old, who had been playing with the help of an injection, underwent surgery on Monday.

Rams manager Paul Jewell told the club website: "It is a blow to Stephen and a blow to us.

"He has had a problem for a while. The operation went very well but it is a serious injury and will probably keep him out for three to four months."

Pearson signed for Derby from Celtic in 2007 and had a spell on loan at Stoke last season.

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