Derby County v Leeds United: Head coach Refearn has plenty to ponder

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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NEIL REDFEARN has several selection issues to ponder ahead of tonight’s teak-tough trip to Derby County.

Brazilian play-maker Adryan, rested for the Boxing Day clash with Wigan Athletic, is back in head coach Redfearn’s thoughts, with former captain Rudy Austin, now recovered from injury, also pushing for his first start since October 21 after coming on at half-time against the Latics.

Souleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp are competing for a striking berth alongside Mirco Antenucci ahead of tonight’s televised clash.

Rams midfielder Jeff Hendrick is available after going off in the 4-0 win at Birmingham with a heavy ankle knock.

Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward are also back in training, with Jake Buxton also available after a two-match ban.

Rams’ first-team coach Paul Simpson said: “Craig and Wardy have trained and they come into the thinking, but we have to decide whether the Leeds game is too early for them and let them have a full week’s training ahead of the Southport game.”

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