Derby boss Wayne Rooney has questioned how he can field a team for the Championship kickoff due to their transfer embargo.
Derby only have nine senior players, two of whom are goalkeepers, with their Championship campaign set to kick off against Huddersfield on August 7.
And with the new season less than two weeks away, Rams manager Rooney reiterated on Sky Sports the urgent need for more players, saying it will be "impossible" to field a team in the current circumstances.
He said: "It's other people, which I can't control, who need to make bigger decisions. All I can do is try to bring some dignity and pride back to this club. It is clear that has gone in the last few years and it is my job to bring that back.
"I need other people to do their job. It's not ideal, it has been very difficult not knowing what my squad will be in two weeks' time when the league starts. However we can, we need to get that sorted.
"If I am being honest, it would be easy for a manager in my situation to walk away. It's a challenge for me, I'm a fighter. I am grateful to Derby for giving me this opportunity and I will do everything I can to get the club through this."
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