Cresswell injury blow for Rams before Foxes clash
DERBY County will be without two of their first-choice players for tomorrow's visit of Leicester City (2pm).
Lauren Cresswell and Sam Griffiths are both injured for the FA Premier League (North) game against a Leicester side who sit only three points behind the Rams, with a game in hand.
But it is Cresswell's injury, which was sustained during a trial game for Super League club Lincoln, which Derby manager John Bennett is most concerned about.
He said: "Lauren had our blessing to go and play in the trial game for Lincoln.
"She was injured in the game and we're just hoping that it isn't a recurrence of the ligament damage she had a while ago, which kept her out for 18 months.
"I am furious with the lack of care shown by Lincoln.
"It is a huge blow not only for Lauren, who has played every game this season, but for us, too, as we face having one of our key players unavailable for important relegation six-pointers against Leicester, West Brom and Sporting Albion.
"There is a lesson to be learnt, though, as I won't be letting players go for trials next season. When they join Derby County, they must commit fully to us."
Derby will be hoping to build on the positives of last Sunday's 3-1 defeat by league leaders Sheffield.
Bennett said: "Their manager said that we were the best side his team have played.
"Hopefully, it will give us a kick up the backside and we'll go and get nine points we need from the next three fixtures to give us a bit more breathing space."