Derby County will wait to assess fitness of defender Jake Buxton before entering the emergency loan market
JAKE Buxton's knee injury holds the key to whether Derby County will revisit the loan market this week.
Derby tried to bring in a left-back on loan from another Championship club last week to cover for Gareth Roberts, who is serving a three-match suspension.
A deal was not possible and so the Rams handed 19-year-old Michael Hoganson his first senior start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
Hoganson played his part in the goalless draw but Buxton's knee problem kept him out of the 18 and means Derby have four central defenders sidelined with knee injuries.
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They will monitor Buxton, who has only recently returned to action after being out for nine weeks.
Nigel Clough revealed that Derby were offered the services of "a few" experienced left-backs on loan ahead of the Wolves game.
"We said 'no' and if we didn't get the one we wanted, we would put Michael Hoganson in, which we did," said the manager.
"We might revisit the loan market again this week, we'll see.
"It all depends on Jake Buxton's situation and how he does.
"We hope he is able to be involved on Tuesday but we will have to wait and see."
Derby will also check on midfielder Will Hughes.
He was replaced after 63 minutes of the Wolves game due to a groin strain.
"He felt it in the first half but he said he was OK to go back out," said Clough.
"You could see him stretching from early on and so we put on Michael Jacobs, who could have won it for us.
"He had the best situation when he got into the box and could have squared one for a tap in."