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Wrexham have moved to bring in loan cover for the injured Juan Ugarte by snapping up Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire.

The 19-year-old joins the North Wales club after former Wrexham hit-man Ugarte was forced to end his loan with The Dragons and return to his parent club Crewe Alexandra with a recurrence of a knee injury.

There are fears that Ugarte may miss the rest of the season with the knee problem and his unavailability has prompted Racecourse Ground boss Denis Smith to turn his attentions to Derbyshire.

Smith has had his eye on Derbyshire for some time, with the Blackburn-born youngster having experienced a loan spell in The Championship with Plymouth Argyle.

"Matt is a player who I have watched for some time," Smith told Wrexham's official website.

"I even tried to sign him in the summer, but our problems off the pitch and a few injuries at Ewood Park meant we had to look elsewhere.

"He then headed to Plymouth, but a change of manager at Home Park saw his opportunities restricted and not surprisingly, he returned to Blackburn recently.

"He has plenty of pace and an eye for goal."

Derbyshire's arrival is sure to be a boost for the League Two club, with fellow Wrexham striker Jonathan Walters facing four to eight weeks on the sidelines with a fractured cheekbone.

The former Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City hit-man will have an operation on Thursday to treat the injury sustained in last week's FAW Premier Cup semi-final home clash with Welsh Premier League champions Total Network Solutions.

Dragons midfielder Lee Roche, meanwhile, is to have a scan on a stomach complaint that has kept him out of the side for the past four weeks.