Derby V Aston Villa at The iPro Stadium : Match Preview

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18 August 2016
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Same again for Rams boss Nigel Pearson

Derby boss Nigel Pearson expects to have an unchanged squad for the visit of Aston Villa.

The Rams secured their first Championship win of the season at Preston in midweek without picking up any new injuries, but midfielder Jeff Hendrick is not likely to be back in contention after missing the trip to Deepdale through injury.

Former Villa striker Darren Bent will want to start against his old club and the likes of Bradley Johnson and Nick Blackman will also be hoping for recalls.

Swedish full-back Marcus Olsson is close to being fully fit and available after suffering concussion during pre-season but George Thorne and Andreas Weimann, another former Villa forward, remain out with leg and knee injuries respectively.

Mile Jedinak could make his Villa debut after completing a move from Crystal Palace this week.

The midfielder watched Villa draw 1-1 with Huddersfield on Tuesday before signing a three-year deal at the club.

Nathan Baker missed the draw as he continues to nurse a head injury but he is expected to be available to Roberto Di Matteo.

Gabby Agbonlahor is unlikely to feature as he remains out of Di Matteo's plans while Joleon Lescott is closing in on a move to Rangers.


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