Derby County know that a first home victory of the campaign could see them climb out of the relegation zone on Saturday afternoon.
Wayne Rooney’s side, who take on Stoke City at Pride Park, are protecting a four-match unbeaten Championship run following their impressive point at promotion-chasing Brentford in midweek – their second clean sheet on the bounce.
And with East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest, and Rotherham both losing their respective games, the Rams’ draw in West London leaves them just one point from second-tier safety heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures.
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However, Derby suffered a major setback in the capital, and here, we’ve been having a look at all of their team news ahead of the game against the Potters.
Following a challenge with Brentford striker Ivan Toney, the Derby captain was forced off on a stretcher after sustaining an ankle injury.
And the 35-year-old looks incredibly likely to be ruled out for the foreseeable future – with Rooney fearing the worst.
“It doesn’t look too good for Curtis,” he told Derbyshire Live. “We will asses him over the next day or two, and see how he is, but it doesn’t look great at the minute.”
Meanwhile, Byrne was forced to sit out the game with the Bees through suspension, after collecting five bookings, but is once again available for selection after serving his one-match ban (Derbyshire Live).