Paul Clement to hand Jake Buxton a starting role for Derby County

Derby County face Hartlepool United in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Paul Clement has confirmed that Jake Buxton will start for Derby County in their FA Cup match against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

Buxton is yet to make an appearance since Clement took charge at the iPro Stadium, as injury has kept the centre back out of the entirety of the season so far.

However, the powerful defender has now had a series of matches for the Rams’ development side, and Clement is keen to see him in first team action.

Buxton’s return to fitness, means that Clement is now stacked with options in the centre of this defence.

Jason Shackell and Richard Keogh have been the club’s first choice pairing in the heart of their defence, and they also have Alex Pearce waiting in reserve.

Buxton, therefore, faces a tough fight to win his place back in the side - especially as the Rams have been so solid this campaign.

Derby have conceded just 17 times in their first 25 Championship matches - giving them the second best defensive record in England’s second tier.

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