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Kilbane: Overcome hamstring problem

Kilbane: Overcome hamstring problem

Kevin Kilbane is expected to return to the Derby squad for the clash with the leaders.

The left-sided player has missed the Rams' last four league matches with a hamstring problem, with his last appearance coming in the 2-0 defeat at Midlands rivals Coventry on September 10.

The injury also ruled Kilbane out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Andorra and Armenia.

The 34-year-old played the full 90 minutes as the Rams reserves lost 4-3 to rivals Nottingham Forest at Belper Town's Christchurch Meadow on Wednesday evening.

However, Jamie Ward is a doubt after pulling out of the Northern Ireland squad with a hamstring injury. The problem forced the attacker off towards the end of the 4-0 defeat at Leicester prior to the international break.

Nathan Tyson is closing in on a return from a groin injury. This game, and the trip to Reading on Tuesday, will come too soon for the forward but he could come back into the reckoning when the Rams travel to Middlesbrough next weekend.

Lee Barnard could be added to the Southampton squad for the first time this season after suffering an ankle injury in pre-season.

Dan Harding and Radhi Jaidi (both knee) are also back in training and available, so fellow defender Dan Seaborne, who suffered head injuries in an assault outside a nightclub last month, is the only injury absentee.

Veteran striker David Connolly was rested against Watford last time out and could return.

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Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 44 37 96
2 Burnley 44 34 89
3 Derby 44 30 81
4 QPR 44 15 76
5 Wigan 43 15 70
6 Reading 44 12 67
7 Brighton 44 12 66
8 N Forest 44 7 65
9 Ipswich 44 6 65
10 Blackburn 44 5 64
11 Bournemth 44 -1 63
12 Watford 43 17 60
13 Middlesbro' 44 7 58
14 Bolton 44 -3 55
15 Sheff Wed 44 1 53
16 Leeds 44 -10 53
17 Huddersfld 44 -8 50
18 Charlton 43 -23 45
19 Doncaster 44 -28 44
20 Millwall 44 -29 44
21 Birmingham 43 -13 43
22 Blackpool 44 -27 43
23 Barnsley 44 -30 39
24 Yeovil 44 -26 37

Updated Wed, 23 Apr 2014

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