Steve McClaren has told the media that he will check on the fitness of midfielders Bradley Johnson, Craig Bryson and Will Hughes ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with Cardiff City.
The trio were named in the starting line-up against Bristol City on Saturday, although Johnson and Bryson were replaced in the first-half as McClaren opted to shuffle his pack after a disappointing start to the fixture.
Johnson, Bryson and Hughes have all been nursing injuries and knocks of late so, as a result, will be monitored closely.
McClaren said: “We’ve got a few knocks.
“Bradley Johnson, Craig Bryson and Will Hughes, the midfield really, and a few other people too.
“We have the players going through brick walls for us in terms of playing with injuries and knocks.”
That could open the door to players like Jacob Butterfield, Ikechi Anya or Julien de Sart to return to the starting line-up against the Bluebirds.
That aside, George Thorne and Craig Forsyth (both knee) are the only long-term absentees.
Speaking to RamsTV
ahead of the meeting with Cardiff, Steve McClaren said: “They won 2-0 at Leeds on Saturday and that’s the Championship, it’s full of surprises.
“We know what this game will be, very difficult and a tough proposition, and we have to be ready for it.
“Neil Warnock has done very, very well. Since he went in, look at the points they’ve picked up. He has improved them and that was evident at the weekend, going to Elland Road and winning.
“Neil knows how to win football matches and that’s his strength and you have to give him credit for that. He has had a fantastic career and he knows the Championship better than anybody; he has the experience which really counts.”
Read Steve McClaren’s full pre-match interview by clicking here.
A dominant force in the Coventry City midfield from 2008 to 2011, Iceland skipper ARON GUNNARSSON signed for Cardiff City in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make over 200 appearances.
A relentless midfielder with a tough-tackling reputation and ability to drive forward with the ball, Aron began his professional career in his native Iceland before switching to top flight Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar in 2006 and then on to Sky Blues two years later.
A key part of the Bluebirds 2012/13 Championship winning side with eight goals to his name that term, Aron continued his fine form for City in the Premier League.
He will forever be remembered in Cardiff City folklore as the scorer of the Club’s first ever top flight goal – on August 25 2013, against Manchester City in a 3-2 win.
Gunnarsson starred on the international stage as he wore the armband throughout Iceland's heroic EURO 2016 campaign in France.
He notably set up Ragnar Sigurdsson’s strike against England as the nation reached the Quarter Finals in their début at a major tournament.
Tickets are still available for Derby County’s home game against Cardiff City.
Tickets are available from the following prices:
Adults - £25.50
Senior Citizens (aged 65+) – £18
Under 18s - £14.50
2 to 12 Year Olds - £8
Supporters should note that the club introduced a number ticketing discounts on match tickets for the current season - and details can be found here as this is a game where the coupon discount applies: http://ow.ly/ntmN3036bfs
* Please note that the above pricing is based on Category D & E seating – details for all areas of Pride Park Stadium can be viewed at WeAreDerby.com.
Home Membership Holders receive 10 per cent off their own home league ticket purchase.
Purchases can be made online at WeAreDerby.com
, by calling 0871 472 1884 (option 1)
or in person from the Ticket Office during normal opening hours.
Full details on securing your seat can be found here.
Marcus Olsson stars as our Big Interview in the latest instalment of The Ram, produced for Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff City.
The 28-year-old Swedish full back sat down with Issue number 20 of the club’s official matchday programme to discuss the beginning of his football journey in his homeland, his early love for the English game, causing confusion at Blackburn Rovers and his time at Derby County so far.
As ever, The Ram will boast an array of varied and exciting features, whilst maintaining its £3 cover price and can be picked up from all around Pride Park Stadium ahead of kick-off (7:45pm).
Click here to read a brief review of what else is to come in Tuesday night’s #DCFCvCCFC edition of The Ram.
DERBY COUNTY 2-0 CARDIFF CITY
Saturday 21 November, 2015
Derby County recorded their fifth straight home victory by inflicting a 2-0 win over Cardiff City back in November 2015.
Second half strikes from George Thorne and Andreas Weimann secured all three points in a dominant display that saw the Rams claim their ninth win in 12 outings.
It also means that Derby are unbeaten in their last three home games against the Bluebirds, with their last defeat coming in 2011.
Derby County: Carson, Christie (Baird, 81), Keogh, Shackell, Warnock; Thorne, Butterfield (Bryson, 71), Johnson; Ince (Russell, 73), Weimann, Martin (C)
Substitutes not used: Grant, Hendrick, Bent, Pearce
Cardiff City: Marshall (C), Peltier, Morrison, Whittingham (Kennedy, 78), Ralls, Jones, Mason (Ameobi, 62), Noone, Dikgacoi (O’Keefe, 71), Connolly, Malone
Substitutes not used: Manga, John, Tamas, Moore, Kennedy
STEPHEN MARTIN will take charge of Derby County's Sky Bet Championship home fixture at Pride Park Stadium against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
The official has overseen 26 games so far this season, producing 61 yellows and two reds.
His last Derby game was the 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough back in August 2015.
He will be assisted by JONATHAN HUNT and TONY PEART on the lines, whilst OLIVER LANGFORD has been appointed as the fourth official.
Remember, you can follow Steve McClaren’s men every step of the way throughout the season with dcfc.co.uk, Rams Player HD and RamsTV.
You can follow all the action from before, during and after Saturday’s game via the club’s social media channels.
We’ll have live updates on Twitter as well as goal and match action image updates across Facebook and Instagram too.
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dcfc.co.uk, RamsTV and Rams Player HD are the first places to head to for all of your up to date Derby County news, views and exclusive interviews, as well as the ability to watch match highlights and games in full.
Here's a brief reflection of what you can expect across all of our digital channels...
INTERVIEWS: Exclusive interviews with Manager Steve McClaren and his playing squad, both pre-match and post-match, from every Rams game – home and away!
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FULL MATCH COMMENTARY: Rams Player HD is the ONLY place supporters can listen to Derby County's first-team matches online, with commentary is provided by BBC Radio Derby and provides near-DAB quality sound of every match.
EXTENDED MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Rams Player HD will provide supporters with extended match highlights of every first-team game.