Hughes fit for Rams
Will Hughes looks like being fit for Derby when East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest visit the iPro Stadium.
Hughes limped off during the Rams' goalless draw at Reading last weekend with scans revealing a slight groin strain. However, the recently-crowned Football League Young Player of the Year trained on Thursday and seems set to feature in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
Fellow midfielder John Eustace will miss out as he received his 10th yellow card of the season against the Royals and must now serve a two-match suspension.
His absence could open the door for George Thorne to finally make his debut. Thorne joined Derby on loan from West Brom ahead of the Birmingham game on February 1 but he has had to wait for his chance.
Nottingham Forest will be without influential playmaker Andy Reid when they make the short trip along the A52.
Reid faces three weeks on the sidelines after limping out of the Reds' goalless home draw with Doncaster last weekend on his return to the starting line-up following hernia surgery.
Scans have revealed a tear in his hamstring and the midfielder is set for another spell on the sidelines, meaning he will miss the most eagerly-anticipated derby clash for years.
Jamie Mackie could be recalled while fellow forward Darius Henderson will also be battling for a place in the starting line-up.