Paul Clement issues Derby County fitness update - good and bad news

Derby County currently have Craig Bryson, George Thorne and Chris Baird on the treatment table.

Derby County manager Paul Clement had mixed news on the injury front at his press conference ahead of the Rams' match against Burnley. 

Derby take on the Clarets on Monday night, and they will be without Chris Baird for the fixture, as the summer signing has failed to recover from injury. 

In better news for the Rams, George Thorne has shown signs of progression, and it seems that he could be in the squad which faces Sean Dyche's men. 

Clement also revealed to the Derby Telegraph that Craig Bryson is close to making a return, but that he is not going to be fit enough to play against Burnley. 

"Craig has had a slight setback but we don't see it being too long in terms of him joining the group in training, he is training individually," he said. "He has tried to come back and has been training but it has been slow process in terms of him being pain free.

"The slight setback is a minor thing related to the knee he injured at Bolton. It is a day by day thing with him and the general view is that he's not far away."

When Bryson, Thorne and Baird do make it off the treatment table, Derby's options in central midfield will be formidable, especially for a Championship side.

Clement already has the likes of Jeff Hendrick, Bradley Johnson and Jacob Butterfield ready and available, and the competition for places will be fierce when he has a fully fit squad. 

Derby are currently sat in 10th place in the Championship table, but they have won their last two fixtures against Reading and Preston North End.  

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