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16 August 2013 06:33
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Rams to monitor internationals

Derby will assess their international players ahead of the visit of East Midlands rivals Leicester.

Jeff Hendrick and Conor Sammon (Republic of Ireland), Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland), Kieron Freeman (Wales Under-21), Will Hughes (England Under-21) and Valentin Gjokaj (Albania Under-21) have all been away this week with their respective countries.

"I hope they all come back fit and well," said Rams boss Nigel Clough. "They will all be checked over the comingdays to make sure they all came through okay. With the 18 or 19 players we have got, we want to keep them fit and that squad intact for as long as we can."

Clough will hope that central defenders Mark O'Brien and Shaun Barker (both knee) remain his only injury absentees.

Sean St Ledger is expected to be the only absentee for Leicester.

St Ledger suffered a grade two tear in his knee during training last Friday and it is thought the Republic of Ireland international defender will be out for up to six weeks.

Defender Ritchie De Laet was forced off against Leeds through illness while winger Ben Marshall missed Sunday's game against the Yorkshire club with a bug but both players will be in contention at Pride Park.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark) and midfielder Andy King (Wales) have returned unscathed from international duty while new signing Ignasi Miquel could be involved in the squad for the first time since his arrival on loan from Arsenal.

Source: PA