Darren Bent eyeing Derby return when Preston visit Pride Park
Derby could have Darren Bent back in their squad for Preston's visit to Pride Park.
The Rams' 12-goal striker has missed the past two matches with a groin problem and then illness, yet manager Steve McClaren confirmed he trained on Monday morning ahead of a possible return.
Defender Richard Keogh (calf) has also been absent over the same time and while he will not feature against North End, he could be involved against Brighton on Friday.
Jason Shackell (back) and Nick Blackman (knee) are still sidelined for McClaren.
Preston's issues at right-back will persist.
Simon Grayson remains without Alex Baptiste, Tyias Browning and Calum Woods (all knee), as well as Marnick Vermijl (hernia).
Greg Cunningham could fill the void while Tom Barkhuizen is among the potential wing-backs if Grayson opts for a flat back three.
John Welsh's calf problem will once again see him sidelined.