Predicted Derby County lineup to face Sheffield Wednesday: Four changes?

Frank Lampard manager of Derby County gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

Derby County travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Frank Lampard manager of Derby County claps the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby,...

Derby County travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend looking to get their promotion bid back on track following a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Aston Villa before the international break.

The Rams had been in excellent form prior to their clash with Villa, picking up 12 points from six matches and boasting impressive wins over promotion rivals West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.

But against Villa, Derby were without the likes of Mason Mount and Martyn Waghorn through injury and Craig Forsyth and Mason Bennett went on to pick up injuries during the encounter.

 

The international break, in that regard, came at a good time for Frank Lampard’s side as they will look to regroup but they still head into the game against Wednesday without several key players.

Forsyth picked up a ligament injury and is now going to be out long-term, while Lampard recently told reporters how Mount is behind in his recovery and is only expected to return to training in midweek (Derby Telegraph).

The good news is that Waghorn looks to be back, while Craig Bryson is also stepping up his return from injury, though the trip to Hillsborough will probably come too soon for the Scotland international.

Derby County's English midfielder Martyn Waghorn (L) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English League Cup football match between Chelsea and Derby County at Stamford...

The Owls’ aerial threat of Steven Fletcher may prompt Lampard to bring Curtis Davies back into the team, while Bradley Johnson may come back into midfield to combat playmaker Barry Bannan.

With summer signings Scott Malone and Waghorn coming in, plus Davies and Johnson returning, Derby should line up with more of a physical presence and they will need that against a battling Wednesday side looking for their first home win since August.

Possible Derby County XI vs Sheff Wed

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