Paul Clement provides fitness update on Derby County defender Jason Shackell

Jason Shackell limped off in the first half of Derby County's latest fixture.

Paul Clement has told Derby County’s official site that he believes Jason Shackell will be available for selection again soon.

Shackell had to be replaced by Ryan Shotton in the first half of Derby’s match against Leeds United, and his absence was a blow for the Midlands outfit.

Derby could only pick up a 2-2 draw at Elland Road, with their defence looking uncharacteristically porous in Shackell’s absence.

And Clement said of the centre back’s injury: “I don’t think it is too bad. He jarred the ankle slightly and the initial prognosis is that it isn’t too serious, but we will need to have a look at it tomorrow.”

Derby have built their success this season upon the solidarity of their backlline.

Shackell has formed a brilliant partnership with Richard Keogh at the heart of the Rams’ defence.

Derby have conceded just 15 goals in their 24 Championship matches to date - leaving Middlesbrough as the only team in the division with a better defensive record than them.

The Rams’ next match comes against top of the table Boro on Saturday, meaning Shackell will have to make a quick recovery if he is to be available for the crunch tie.

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