Barnes to see top surgeon

11 March 2008 08:45
Derby County midfielder Giles Barnes is set to fly to the USA to get a second opinion on the knee injury that has ended his season. The 19-year-old will visit Dr Richard Stearman in Colorado, the surgeon who has treated Michael Owen, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer in the past. "He's the best in the world so he'll have a look at Giles. Hopefully he can put it right," said Rams boss Paul Jewell. "We don't know the extent of it, but he won't play again this season." Meanwhile, County's chief executive and president, Tom Glick, has promised that the club's 2008-09 season tickets will be set at the same price as the current campaign. Derby will almost certainly be playing in the Championship next season after their ill-fated year in English football's top-flight, but Glick said: "Our decision recognises that the supporters have been the stars of the season. "We couldn't think of a better, more fundamental way to reward their loyalty than to freeze the price. Whatever they paid last year, will be the same as they pay for next season. "We felt the right thing to do would be to stick with the price and let them enjoy it as we try to get back up. "We're beginning a new journey and it's not a time to get off. It's the time to stay with us and be part of the ride because it's going to be fun. "We're all looking forward to this next year as we try to battle our way back up. Then we'll set a new goal from there. I just want the supporters to be a part of that with us."

Source: ESA