Derby County striker Jamie Ward could get a run in friendly against Burton Albion
STRIKER Jamie Ward could return to action in Derby County's behind-closed-doors game against Burton Albion tomorrow.
Ward will have more tests on his troublesome hamstring today and if all goes well, he might be handed half an hour or so in the friendly at Moor Farm.
He was sidelined for three months after he tore his hamstring in the victory over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on September 30.
His comeback as a substitute in the recent draw at Charlton lasted only 16 minutes before his hamstring tightened.
Ward missed the victory over Middlesbrough on New Year's Day and Saturday's win against Tranmere Rovers in the third round of the FA Cup.
"We hope Jamie might play some part on Tuesday," said manager Nigel Clough. "He might have half an hour, we will see. If he doesn't play, he will step up his training."
Derby are coming off the back of a busy schedule of five games in 16 days and they have a clear week before Saturday's trip to face Brighton.
"That's important after such a run of games," said Clough, who is hoping midfielder Craig Bryson, who has been struggling with a knee injury, will be fit for the Brighton fixture.