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Preview: Rovers v Derby County

A look ahead to this afternoon's home clash again

7 December 2019

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Rovers return to action at Ewood Park by going in search of a fourth successive Championship victory and  fourth home triumph in a row.

Derby County are the visitors to East Lancashire later today, with Phillip Cocu's side looking to arrest an alarming run of form on the road that has seen them head home without a point and also without a goal.

Their last victory away from Pride Park came on the opening day of the season at Huddersfield Town, with The Rams' home form being good enough to take them safely into mid-table coming into today's game.

Tony Mowbray has confirmed that Adam Armstrong is available despite limping off in last weekend's win at Stoke City, but Derrick Williams has been ruled out of contention by the boss.

“Derrick Williams is not available, he won’t be ready for a few weeks," Mowbray said ahead of the game.

“I don’t think it’s a setback. He had his boots on last week and was jogging, but felt his calf so the medical department have decided to take a step back and not push on as much as they would have hoped.

“But it’s not a setback, just an awareness not to push on as quickly. I would suggest he’ll miss the next three games at least.”

Recent history has seen Rovers get the edge over Derby, winning three of the last four outings, with the visitors last tasting success at Ewood Park in September 2014.

Cocu has doubts over a number of players, with Graeme Shinnie, Ikechi Anya and Mason Bennett all ruled out of today's trip, whilst Poland international Krystian Bielik is a doubt.

"Krystian is progressing well, he trained for most of the session with the team today and prepared a little bit longer before the session with the physical coach too," the Dutch coach told RamsTV in his pre-match press conference.

“It is looking promising, but tomorrow we will make the final decision as to whether he is available or not for this weekend.”

“He has to be fit but also fit enough to travel, play at a hundred per cent and there are a lot of games coming up too.

“We have to make sure everybody stays fit, especially at the moment when we are struggling with a lot of injuries.”


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