Derby handed potential fitness boost before Blackburn Rovers game

Jamie Ward is in line for a return for Derby County against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night.

Derby County have been handed a boost before their fixture on Wednesday night against Blackburn, with the news that Jamie Ward could be fit for the tie. 

Ward picked up an injury on international duty and was forced to miss the Rams derby clash with Nottingham Forest at the weekend, but it appears that his absence will not be as lengthy as once feared. 

Steve McClaren, the Derby boss, revealed today that Ward has made a swift recovery and he could go straight back into the side's starting line-up in midweek. 

"Jamie was close to making the Forest game," McClaren said to Sky Sports.

"He will train Monday and if he comes through, he will be fit for selection for Wednesday."

If Ward did make it through today's training session without any repercussions of the injury then his return would be a major boost for the side.

At the weekend his absence was felt, as the side picked up a credible 1-1 draw with near-neighbours Forest. 

The Reds have been the early pace-setters in the Championship and, as a result, a point against the in-form side cannot be considered a bad result.

However, Derby went into the season as the favourites for promotion and there is a thought that more can be expected from the side as they move through the gears.

Their start to the season has been decent, but they haven't reached the heights of last season just yet and the squad know there is room for improvement in the future.

They will be hoping to show that positive up-turn in form when they take on Blackburn Rovers in two days time at Ewood Park, but know the game will not be easy given the form of the hosts.

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