Monday, 11 April 2011


Derby County are assessing the fitness of defender Dean Leacock, who suffered cramp during his comeback from injury against Coventry on Saturday.Left-back Gareth Roberts is still out with a knee problem, but Russell Anderson and Miles Addison are options for boss Nigel Clough.Leeds pair George McCartney and Sanchez Watt are both in contention to return.Midfielders Barry Bannan and Neil Kilkenny are pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.Leeds' bid for a second successive promotion and a return to the top flight suffered a setback when they were beaten 3-2 by play-off rivals Millwall in a thrilling match on Saturday.
That was Leeds' second defeat in three games and saw Simon Grayson's men slip to sixth in the table, but they are still four points better off than Millwall, who are seventh.With 75 goals scored this season, Leeds are also the Championship's top scorers, and have proved their doubters wrong by sustaining a promotion challenge. The same cannot be said of Derby, who were fourth in December but have slumped towards the relegation zone with a disastrous run of only three wins in 22 league games.The Rams have won only one of their last seven, but took a big step towards safety by coming back from two-down to salvage a draw against Coventry. They are eight points above the drop zone, giving them some breathing space with six games remaining.

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