As the season approaches the busy festive period the Rams are picking up a few injuries, here’s the low-down on them and when they’re scheduled to return.
For the past two successive games, against Leicester and Leeds, Derby have been without central midfielder Craig Bryson due to a knee injury. The Scotsman could return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Bristol City at Ashton Gate having began training fully with the squad.
After scoring against Leeds on Saturday Jake Buxton had to leave the game early, also with a knee problem. The central defender is likely to be out until at least the new year. Having had a scan and a visit to a knee specialist the issue is a knee ligament damage but the club will wait to hear the full extent of the damage caused, which likely to be two months on the sidelines. Shaun Barker is of course still out with a long term knee injury and now this injury leaves the Rams not blessed with options in the heart of defence. 20 year old Mark O’Brien could step in for Buxton.
A calf strain suffered by Gareth Roberts has seen him miss Derby’s past two games and will be hoping to return to action at the weekend. Unfortunately he missed his race against fitness for last week’s game against Leeds.
You have to go all the way back to 30 September to find the last time Jamie Ward appeared for the Rams. In the game at the City Ground he picked up a hamstring problem, which has kept the former Sheffield United man out for longer than anticipated. A return isn’t imminent but he could be introduced at some point over the Christmas period.
20 year old striker Callum Ball, out on loan to Coventry, is the latest to pick up an injury. He chipped a bone in his right ankle during a training session, initial scans suggest he could be out for a while. The loan spell has seen him rack up 16 appearances and bag 3 goals.