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Craig Bryson and Jamie Ward in race to be fit for Derby County clash with Bournemouth

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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DERBY County are waiting on the fitness of Jamie Ward and Craig Bryson ahead of tomorrow’s Championship clash against Bournemouth at the iPro Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

Ward is still feeling the hamstring problem that saw him substituted at half-time of Tuesday’s victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Bryson suffered a knock on the thigh at Hillsborough and was replaced by Jeff Hendrick 10 minutes into the second half.

“We will assess them both in the next day or so,” said head coach Steve McClaren.

“We did not want to take any risks with them and that’s why they came off when they did at Sheffield.

“We need them fit, but we don’t need to take risks.”

Derby’s squad should be boosted by the return from injury of Simon Dawkins.

The attacking wide player has missed the last three games with a groin injury.

He trained yesterday and is expected to train today.

Striker Mason Bennett is not available following his bout of concussion caused by a clash of heads in Sunday’s FA Youth Cup tie against Newcastle United.

“Mason has had a couple of days off,” said McClaren. “He will be assessed again tomorrow and hopefully we return to training on Monday.”

DERBY will make a decision next week on whether or not to pursue their interest in defender Lee Naylor.

The 33-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Celtic left-back is training with the Rams and played in this week’s under-21 game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Naylor is a free agent.

“He is in the area, he was not doing anything and wanted to keep fit,” said McClaren.

“He’s an experienced left-back and we’re a bit short in that area, so we invited him in just to train for a couple of weeks.

“Lee has trained well and played in the under-21 game.

“By next week we’ll have an answer on what we’re going to do with him.”

Naylor’s contract at League Two side Accrington Stanley was cancelled by mutual consent last month.

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