Derby County will be out to maintain their strong recent form when they travel to take on fellow midlands side Wolverhampton in Saturday’s early kick off.
The Rams made it two wins on the trot midweek as Jacob Butterfield scored after 8 minutes to secure a 1-0 win over Blackburn.
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The three points came hot on the heels of a 3-1 win away to Brentford and leaves the club just 6 points off the top.
With fellow promotion rivals Brighton not in action until Monday evening, Derby have the chance to climb to fourth in the table with a win over Wolves.
Derby will be boosted by the return of George Thorne. The midfielder has missed the last four games with a calf injury but is on course to return to the squad after returning to training.
Darren Bent is also expected to be available after missing the clash with Blackburn midweek due to a migraine while Craig Bryson, Abdoul Camara, Nick Blackman, Tom Ince and Andreas Weimann will hope to be more involved in the game on Saturday after starting the clash with Rovers on the bench.
Coach Darren Wassall will head into the clash looking for his third win since taking over from Paul Clement and the 47 year old will do so with the backing of midfielder Bradley Johnson.
The former Norwich man has hailed the impact of the internal appointment telling the club’s official website, “The confidence is coming back and Wass deserves a lot of credit for the way he has motivated us. We are playing with freedom now, we are confident, and long may that continue.
Wolves meanwhile could hand Jeremy Helan a debut after the player joined on loan from Sheffield Wednesday while Mike Williamson (hamstring) is still sidelined and misses out.
Midfielder James Henry is also out while Michal Zyro is not yet ready to return after a broken foot.