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Derby boss keen to involve Barnes

Derby County boss Billy Davies is eager to get Giles Barnes into Premiership action.

Barnes, 19, produced some eye-catching performances as the Rams earned promotion from the second tier via the play-offs last season and was reportedly a £5million target for the likes of West Ham and Tottenham in the summer.

But a foot injury sustained in the play-off final against West Brom has thus far kept to prodigy on the sidelines this term.

And although Davies concedes the time will come when selling the England Under-19 will become necessary, his primary focus is on restoring him to the Rams' first XI and getting some points on the board.

Monday night's Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle at Pride Park will come too soon for Barnes but he is back in full training and should be ready within a fortnight.

Davies said: "Obviously Giles coming back is like a huge signing for us, without a doubt.

"He will add more fire power to our side.

"We're trying to get this young lad, in particular, in our side and keep him here for a number of years and continue his progress."

He added: "We've got to try and build on this squad and we don't want to lose anyone but there comes a point in time where a certain figure is offered and that stops all bets.

"That happens right across the world in every single club in every single league.

"Then, hopefully, there'll be a time for Giles Barnes and Derby County to part company and we'll move on to the next chapter of our lives."

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