Tom Ince should be fit for payback date with Nottingham Forest

The Derby County midfielder struggled during his time at the City Ground.

This Friday sees perhaps the fiercest of derbies left in the Championship played out between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at the City Ground.

The East Midlands derby has been a raucous affair in recent times and this week looks like being no different.

Forest go into the game as the underdogs. They are on a horrid run of form at the moment whilst Derby County, by contrast, are flying.

The Rams will also be able to call upon a former Forest loanee for the game.

Tom Ince is set to return for the fixture after missing the last two games against Rotherham United and QPR.

His manager Paul Clement told the Derby Telegraph earlier this week:

"Tom is not available (for QPR) but he is making good progress.

"The way he is going, he will be available for the game against Nottingham Forest on Friday."

Ince joined Derby permanently from Hull City this summer after a difficult time at the KC Stadium. He first left the club to join Forest on loan in 2014 but that deal was a disaster. He scored no goals and struggled for starts before being recalled.

He then joined Derby and was an instant hit which led them to bring him in for good this summer.

Now he will be hoping to get one over on Forest on their own turf after his wretched spell with the club.

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