Long-term injury blow for Barker

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Derby defender Shaun Barker is expected to miss the whole of next season following news that his knee injury is worse than the club initially thought.

The surgeon who operated on Barker last week discovered more damage in his shattered right knee.

The 29-year-old was first ruled out for up to a year with the hope that he might play a handful of games before the end of next season, but now the Rams skipper has been told that the 2012-13 campaign will probably be a write-off for him.

Barker suffered the injury during the second half of the home victory over neighbours Nottingham Forest on March 13. He dislocated his kneecap and ruptured his medial ligament, anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. Reconstruction surgery last week then also revealed damage to the patella femoral ligament.

No timescale has been put on his recovery but Barker could face a battle to be fit for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Meanwhile, Rams coach Johnny Metgod has confirmed new contracts are set to be offered to Paul Green and Jamie Ward.

Green's current contract expires at the end of the season while Ward's deal runs to the summer of 2013 with the option of a further year, so his will be a contract extension.

Talks over Green's future at Pride Park broke down earlier this season, but the 28-year-old midfielder has started 24 of the last 25 games since returning from a serious knee injury.

Metgod told the Derby Telegraph: "The club has been talking to their representatives and I think it is very, very likely we are going to offer them something in the near future."

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