Alex Pearce returns to the Derby County starting XI for this afternoon’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa, kick-off: 3pm.

The 29-year-old replaces Marcus Olsson, with the Sweden left back dropping to the substitutes bench.

That is the only change Gary Rowett, the Derby boss, has made to the matchday 18 that defeated Cardiff City 3-1 earlier this week.

Scott Carson, Curtis Davies and Andreas Weimann will face their former club this afternoon.

Aston Villa: Johnstone, Taylor, Chester, Whelan, Snodgrass, Grealish, Hourihane, Terry (C), Elmohamady, Adomah, Grabban

Substitutes: Bunn, Lansbury, Hogan, Jedinak, Onomah, Hutton, Kodjia

Derby County: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh, Lawrence, Wisdom, Johnson, Pearce, Weimann, Jerome, Davies (C), Huddlestone

Substitutes: Roos, Palmer, Vydra, Hanson, Nugent, Olsson, Ledley

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