New loan signing Craig Forsyth goes straight in Derby County squad for trip to Cardiff City
NEW loan signing Craig Forsyth goes straight into Derby County's squad tonight.
The 24-year-old left-sided midfielder has arrived from Watford for a month, subject to Football League clearance.
His stay will run to April 1 and takes in the away game at Leeds United that day.
Derby have dipped into the loan market following an injury to top scorer Jamie Ward.
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He strained a hamstring during the first half of the home defeat by Crystal Palace on Friday.
Derby say they will know more about the extent of the damage once they have the results of a scan but Ward is out of tonight's game and the visit to Birmingham City on Saturday.
It is not the same hamstring that kept him out for three months earlier this season.
"Jamie says it doesn't feel too bad but of course that is what we said last time and he missed three months," said manager Nigel Clough.
"We have to be a little bit wary and concerned but we are hoping to get him back sometime this season."
Ward played on the left of a four-man midfield against Palace and Clough has moved to strengthen that area by bringing in Forsyth, who has also played at left-back for Watford.
"Craig is someone we've been aware of for a while and we've been impressed whenever we've seen him in action," said Clough.
"The injuries we've picked up of late have obviously been frustrating but it's presented us with a chance to bring Craig in.
"We've got options up front, despite Jamie Ward's injury, with Conor Sammon, Chris Martin, Michael Jacobs and Mason Bennett.
"But we've been left a little bit short in midfield, so Craig's arrival certainly strengthens that area."
Forsyth started his career at Dundee where he made 69 appearances and scored 13 goals.
He joined Watford on a three-year deal in the summer of 2011 and has played 26 times for the Hornets, scoring four goals.
He also had a loan spell at Bradford City earlier this season.
Derby head to Cardiff without Ward, midfielder Will Hughes (groin) and defenders James O'Connor (knee), Kieron Freeman (ankle) and Mark O'Brien (knee).
O'Connor and Freeman could return to action in tomorrow's under-21 fixture against Sheffield United at Moor Farm (1pm).