Gary Bowyer insists that he has been handed a selection headache ahead to tomorrow’s trip to the iPro Stadium.
Matt Kilgallon’s recent impressive performances, coupled with Shane Duffy’s man-of-the-match display against Swansea, have made the central pairing at Derby a difficult decision.
And it’s not just at the back that Bowyer has a dilemma, as Josh King will be keen to feature following his fine showing against the Swans.
“We have competition for places all over the pitch, which is excellent,” said the Rovers boss.
“We have a bunch of lads that really do care and I want them to put pressure on us with their performances.
“Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy are both young lads, so we wanted to put Matt Kilgallon in for the local derby against Wigan for his experience, and then again against Swansea.
“We also have plenty of options up front, as our strikers all have different attributes.
“We wanted to have a look at Josh King through the middle and he frightened the living daylights out of the Swansea back four. His pace alone caused the sending off at such an early stage.
“We have to look at each game individually when we are making selections. It would be naïve to just pick a strike-force and say that’s who’s playing regardless.
“You have to make adjustments accordingly and that’s what we can do with our strikers.”
There was mixed news on the injury front, as Lee Williamson (eye) was given the all-clear, but David Dunn (calf) was ruled out.
“Lee Williamson trained today after an eye problem at the weekend and he should be ok,” Bowyer added. “David Dunn will be missing, but hopefully he should be ready for the weekend.”