Jamie Ward unfit
The 28-year-old attacker has been on the sidelines with a thigh injury since October 18, when the Rams got the better of Reading 3-0 away from home.
McLaren has stated that Ward will not recover in time for Saturday’s game at Elland Road and is quoted as saying by The Derby Telegraph: “Leeds is a bit too soon for Jamie. We cannot take the risk, we do not want to lose him again.
“We will ease him back into training, which we have done today and will look to next week to get some really good work into him.”
Lee Grant set to return
One Derby star who is set to make a return is Lee Grant. The goalkeeper missed the last seven games with an ankle injury, but he trained without any problems this week.
According to The Derby Telegraph, McLaren will assess the 31-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday star today before making his decision to play him on Saturday.
Leeds all clear
Meanwhile, Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has said that there are no fresh injury concerns for him ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
Redfearn says he has no fresh injury concerns for Saturday against Derby: "We have good competition." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) November 27, 2014
Derby will head into the game as Championship leaders with 35 points from 18 matches, while Leeds are currently just two points above the relegation zone in 16th.