Derby County handed triple injury boost, as trio return to fitness

Derby County's Paul Coutts, Jake Buxton and Jordon Ibe are all on the verge of fitness.

Derby County have been handed a boost with the news that Paul Coutts, Jake Buxton and Jordan Ibe will all be fit for selection after the international break.

The trio have all been out with injuries over recent times, but they are all on the verge of a return providing Steve McClaren with further options to pick from.

The severity of the injuries has different, but McClaren will delighted to have all three available for selection after the international break.

Buxton picked up a hip injury in September and should make a comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley next week.

Ibe, meanwhile, has had a slight groin complaint and had to pull out of international duty with the England youth set-up this week, but he should be fully recovered for the Rams' game against Reading. 

Coutts' injury has been the most prolonged of the three, though. The Scot has been out for nearly 12 months since dislocating his knee and his long-awaited return could be imminent.

Paul Simpson, Derby's assistant manager, revealed today that Coutts has been in training with the first-team squad in recent weeks and he is delighted to have him back playing again.

“If we can get Paul Coutts fit, get him flying and get him pain free, it will be like a new signing going into our group and he will be a really good addition for us," he said to the club's official site. 

Derby have made an encouraging start to the season and seem to be moving through the gears now.

McClaren's men are widely regarded as the favourites for promotion and they have shown nothing to disprove that notion so far. 

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