Will Hughes on course to be fit for Derby County after back trouble
WILL Hughes is expected to be fit for Derby County's Championship clash against rivals Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The 17-year-old midfielder was forced off in the first half of the defeat at Brighton after he took a heavy knock to his back.
He was able to do some light training on Monday and is on course to stretch his run to 27 consecutive starts.
Manager Nigel Clough said: "Will got a knee in his back when competing for a challenge, so, as you would imagine, it's very sore at the moment.
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"He wasn't able to carry on as it was affecting his range of movement, despite receiving some lengthy treatment. He did a bit of work on Monday and, hopefully, he will be alright for the weekend."
Derby's game against Leicester City at Pride Park on Saturday, March 16, is to be shown live on Sky Sports and will now kick off at 5.20pm.
Derby's under-18 squad, including Mason Bennett, took part in a coaching session put on by England manager Roy Hodgson at St George's Park, Burton, yesterday.
Tom Naylor's loan at Bradford City has been extended for another month.
The Rams defender has already spent two months at the League Two club.