Three Will Hughes replacements for Derby County to consider, including Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury

Will Hughes of Derby County

Central midfielders from Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Bristol City could be the answer to Derby County's Will Hughes poser.

Derby County confirmed on Tuesday morning, via the official club website, that Will Hughes could be out for six months due to the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. 

The injury is a huge blow to Derby's promotion hopes and Paul Clement will want the club to move quickly in order to find a suitable replacement to ensure the injury doesn't derail his side's push for the Premier League. 

We take a look at three options Clement could consider as Hughes' replacement ahead of their next league game with Charlton Athletic this weekend. 

Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace

The 21-year-old Palace academy product would be an ideal replacement for Hughes as both have a similar style. 

Williams, who has had three loan spells with Ipswich Town over the past two seasons, is likely to be available despite being named as the club's young player of the year in their promotion season in 2012-13. 

He, like Hughes, has an eye for a pass and can link-up play seamlessly, which would suit Derby's style. Nevertheless, he would have to improve his goal threat if he were to move to the East Midlands as his current record in that area is disappointing. 

Luke Freeman - Bristol City

Freeman, who was in the PFA League One team of the year last season, could be a shrewd option for Derby as they look to fill the void left by Hughes.

The former Arsenal midfielder offers both a goal threat and a creative spark from the middle of the park and still has age on his side to develop even further over the next season or two. 

Freeman may cost the Rams a significant amount of money. However, with promotion at stake, he could also be the key to putting Derby on the right track. 

Henri Lansbury - Nottingham Forest

According to the Daily Mail, Fawaz Al-Hasawi is currently mulling over a £4 million bid for Lansbury from Burnley, and Hughes' injury could see the Rams splash the cash. 

Although Al-Hasawi is unlikely to sell to Derby, as shown by his statement regarding Michail Antonio, Lansbury would be a good proven replacement for Hughes and would be able to offer something different to what the Rams currently have. 

Lansbury is an all-action midfielder, with an eye for goal and would be able to play in a two-man midfield which would allow Clement more room to manoeuvre when changing his tactics.

It would be a surprising move, but if Lansbury does become available, he would be a good option for Derby to consider.

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