Derby County are given a brief rest from the pressure of fighting for the Championship title this weekend, when they take on Reading in the FA Cup.
Derby were rocked by the news of an injury to Chris Martin earlier this week, but there is enough talent in the attacking section of the squad to compensate for his absence.
Derby have the home advantage and whether McClaren makes whole sale changes to the team or just tweaks, it’s a chance for the players coming in to stamp their authority on proceedings.
It’s a risk making big changes because Derby are in good form and the boss will want that to continue regardless of the chance in competition.
Derby have won every game they have played following defeat in the derby match against Nottingham Forest in the middle of last month.
Their opponents for this cup game are 21 points behind them in the league, which makes the Rams firm favourites for the game and suggests they have much more quality in their team.
Here’s the possible team that McClaren could select for the game.
Derby County: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Hendrick, Mascarell, Hughes, Dawkins, Ward, Bent