Frank Fielding and Jamie Ward are getting closer to their returns from injury.
The former-Rovers ‘keeper is set to make his return from a groin injury this week in the club’s under-21 side’s fixture against Nottingham Forest, having not played since early October. During his absence Adam Legzdins has performed well, impressing manager Nigel Clough. The Rams boss will be faced with a selection dilemma when Fielding returns.
Meanwhile, former-Sheffield United striker Jamie Ward is closer to making his return from a hamstring injury. The Derby number 10 picked up his injury during the 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest in late September. He was forced to withdraw from Northern Ireland’s squad for their World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan because of this injury. Ward is expected to train fully with the Rams team this week and then possibly feature in next Monday’s under-21 game with Barnsley.
In other news, 17-year old midfielder Will Hughes could feature for England’s under-21s tomorrow V Northern Ireland after being selected for the squad by Stuart Pearce last week. On Saturday, Hughes scored his second Rams goal in the 2-1 defeat to Millwall.
On Saturday the Rams are in the capital again, this time to take on league leaders Crystal Palace. Ian Holloway is the new boss at Selhurst Park following the departure of Dougie Freedman to Bolton. The Eagles boast an unbetaen run of 13 games and their hot prospect Wilfred Zaha has received a call-up to the England senior squad. Three of the Rams’ four next games are against clubs in the promotion/play-off spots.