Team News & Played For Both: Derby County V Blackburn Rovers

Tomorrow Derby return to action at Pride Park against manager-less Blackburn.


Frank Fielding is a doubt for Nigel Clough, with Adam Legzdins likely to come in again for the former Blackburn goalkeeper. Top-scorer Jamie Ward is also a doubt, so far since him coming off injured at the City Ground he’s missed two game where the Rams have failed to win.

Gareth Roberts and Will Hughes are expected to return to the team, after injury kept Roberts out of the draw with Brighton and forced Hughes to be substituted. Mark O’Brien is in with a shout of returning to the matchday squad after being involved in the under-21s’ game earlier this week. American forward Conor Doyle is definitely out after undergoing surgery to have his appendix removed in America.

Meanwhile Blackburn are hopeful on the fitness of Scots Jordan Rhodes and Grant Hanley, after they returned early from international duty through injuiry. Defender Martin Olsson could also return despite missing out Sweden’s game with Germany through food poisoning.


Eric Black is in interim care of the Blackburn squad, following the departure of Steve Kean, and should select from- Robinson, Kean, Orr, Olsson, Givet, Lowe, Dunn, Formica, Rhodes, Pedersen, Murphy, Dann, Paulo Jorge, Etuhu, Nuno Gomes, Rochina, Hanley, Ribeiro, Kazim-Richards.

One significant player to have played for both clubs in recent years is of course Robbie Savage.

Mr Savage turned 37 yesterday and is now into his second season as a retired footballer. The Welshman was a Rovers player from 2005 to 2008 and was involved with the club in the UEFA Cup. His time with Derby stretched from 2008 to 2011. At this start of his time at Pride Park he was a target for the boo boys but turned that around to be a favourite with most when he left. He does now, as I’m sure you’re aware, occupy many roles with the football media.

In the Rams’ recent victory over Nottingham Forest a Forest programme columnist wrote that he ‘used to bask in glory of his won villainy’.

‘Super Sav’ is a Derby player I’ll never forget, not only for his passion on the pitch but for those wild moments of laughter he is involved in (like the below).

Twitter- @NMtherams

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