Sheffield United's recent loan signing Bjorn Helge Riise is the club's latest injury doubt.
Midfielder Riise, who has made three appearances for the Blades since arriving on loan from Fulham, sustained a hamstring strain in the midweek defeat at Scunthorpe and is doubtful. Mark Yeates will step back in should he fail to make it.
Sam Vokes remains doubtful with a similar problem. The Wolves striker has made just one appearance for the Blades since arriving from Wolves on the same day as Riise.
Another loanee, Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry, is supended following his red card at Scunthorpe, so Johnny Ertl is likely to be recalled to the back four.
Chris Morgan along with fellow defenders Andy Taylor and Ryan France, goalkeeper Richard Wright, striker Darius Henderson and midfielder Nick Montgomery all remain sidelined as manager Micky Adams chases his first win after 11 games in charge.
Frank Fielding is set to be in goal for Derby.
The Blackburn keeper, who had a loan spell with the Rams earlier this season, is poised to return to Pride Park after first-choice Stephen Bywater (rib) and understudy Saul Deeney (shoulder) picked up injuries.
Young keeper Ross Atkins has been recalled from his loan spell at Tamworth and will be on the bench.
Gareth Roberts (shin) and James Bailey (groin) are doubts but Dean Leacock could return from illness and Paul Green is expected to recover from a knee injury.
On-loan forward Jamie Ward is ineligible to face his parent club so Theo Robinson should make his full debut in attack.