Sheffield United have not won in three since Paul Coutts broke his leg after a 3-1 defeat at Millwall.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he needs cover in central midfield - and The Blades may look at Ryan Leonard again.
Did the 5-4 Championship defeat to Fulham show that Sheffield United will miss Paul Coutts or can John Lundstram step up?
After a season ending injury to Paul Coutts will Sheffield United revive interest in Southend's Ryan Leonard?
Carter-Vickers is on loan to Sheffield United from Tottenham Hotspur.
The former Rangers striker believes Sheffield United's Paul Coutts and Fulham's Kevin McDonald are more deserving of a place than Aberdeen's Kenny McLean and Ibrox man Ryan Jack.
The Scottish midfielder will be playing in League One from now on.
Predicted Derby County line-up to play Birmingham City on Friday 26th December 2014 at 15:00. Venue: St Andrews, Birmingham.
Paul Coutts took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly for a Derby County team recently.
Derby County's Paul Coutts, Jake Buxton and Jordon Ibe are all on the verge of fitness.