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Boro midfielder Barry Robson will miss the clash through suspension.

The Scotland international will sit out the game after picking up his fifth booking of the season at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

Manager Tony Mowbray also has a series of injury doubts with central defensive duo Rhys Williams and Matthew Bates having missed the 2-0 defeat at the City Ground with groin and foot injuries respectively.

Both will be assessed ahead of the Rams' visit to Teesside, along with keeper Carl Ikeme and midfielder Kevin Thomson.

Ikeme was unavailable for the Forest game with a hand injury and Thomson suffered a hamstring strain, while Jonathan Franks is continuing his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Derby's injury problems show no signs of easing ahead of the trip.

Nathan Tyson was expected to be in the squad after being pencilled in for a reserve-team run-out on Wednesday. However, the forward's niggling groin problem flared up again causing him to miss the game.

With leading scorer Steven Davies already out for around six weeks with a skull fracture sustained last Saturday, Tyson is now not expected to be back until after the international break in mid-November.

John Brayford will not return until around the same time as he recovers from a slight thigh muscle tear, and manager Nigel Clough is trying to sign a right-back on loan in time for the trip to Teesside. Centre-half Russell Anderson filled in for Brayford during the draws against Southampton and Reading.

Left-sided player Kevin Kilbane featured for the reserves as he continues to regain fitness after a hamstring injury.

Teenager Callum Ball scored in the game as the Rams drew 1-1 with Chesterfield and he is expected to be in the squad again, while England Under-16 international Mason Bennett could also be part of the travelling party.

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Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton
Huddsf'ld v Brighton
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 12 11 24
2 Derby 12 12 23
3 M'boro 12 9 23
4 Norwich 12 10 21
5 N Forest 12 9 21
6 Ipswich 12 6 20
7 Wolves 12 3 20
8 Charlton 12 3 19
9 B'mouth 12 3 18
10 Brentford 12 -1 18
11 Sheff Wed 12 0 17
12 Cardiff 12 0 16
13 Blackburn 12 -2 16
14 Leeds 12 -3 15
15 Rotherham 12 -3 15
16 Reading 12 -5 15
17 Huddsf'ld 12 -6 15
18 Millwall 12 -3 13
19 Wigan 12 -2 11
20 Brighton 12 -3 11
21 Birm'ham 12 -7 11
22 Fulham 12 -9 10
23 Bolton 12 -12 8
24 Blackpool 12 -10 6

Updated Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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