If Pearson does start, Rams' manager Nigel Clough will be able to name an unchanged side for the fifth consecutive game, where they will be bidding for a fourth successive home league win in the Championship.
Midfield duo Lee Croft and Lee Hendrie made their comebacks from injury in the reserves' victory over Macclesfield in midweek and could make the bench if required.
Dean Leacock (knee) and Steven Davies (hamstring) are working their way back to full fitness, however they are both about two weeks away from returning to contention.
Miles Addison is the only other absentee. The defender is likely to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.