Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward could be back in training for Derby County on Friday
TOP scorer Jamie Ward and midfielder Craig Bryson are pencilled in for a return to training on Friday ahead of Derby County's TV clash against Leicester City on Saturday.
Ward (hamstring) and Bryson (groin) have missed the last two matches but Derby hope the pair can feature against the Foxes at Pride Park.
"They will train one-to-one with the physios this week up to Friday, when the plan is for them to train and we will see how they go from there," said manager Nigel Clough.
"The weather as it is at the moment is not helping. The pitches are solid.
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"We have trained indoors, which is not good for either player at the moment, so they are better doing one-to-one sessions and building up from there.
"There is a two-week international break after Saturday, so even if they were to feel their injuries, at least they would have that break to recover."
Defender Kieron Freeman (ankle) trained yesterday and Mark O'Brien (knee) is doing one-to-one sessions.
"Kieron has trained but because we are indoors, Mark cannot train because of his knee.
"He will do some work with the physios," said Clough.
Manchester United are understood to have secured first option to sign Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester after a Bolton Wanderers bid was rejected.
Bolton attempted to sign Schlupp on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a £1.5m deal in the summer but Leicester refused amid rumours that they expect United to make a bid.