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Derby County's Simon Dawkins will miss Burton Albion friendly

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

INJURED ... Simon Dawkins.

INJURED ... Simon Dawkins.

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SIMON Dawkins sits out a second successive pre-season friendly tonight as Derby County take on Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

Dawkins missed Friday's victory over Slavija Sarajevo in Austria due to a hip flexor problem.

Also absent through injury are centre-backs Zak Whitbread (back) and Mark O'Brien (ankle), and midfielder Paul Coutts (hip flexor).

Coutts has not featured since playing the 45 minutes in the opening friendly against Matlock Town on July 3.

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Derby take a strong squad to Burton (kick off 7.30pm).

Head coach Steve McClaren is expected to hand a number of the players 90 minutes as the Rams build towards the start of the Championship campaign.

Goalkeeper Lee Grant is set for another game having played 90 minutes against Slavija Sarajevo following his knee surgery.

Tickets for the game can be bought in advance (seating tickets only on 01283 565938) and fans can pay on the day.

Prices are: Seat tickets – adults £13, under-16s £7. Standing tickets – adults £10, under-16s £5.

Derby's final friendly of pre-season is against Glasgow Rangers at the iPro Stadium on Saturday.

More than 14,000 tickets have been sold, 8,500 have been bought by Rangers' fans.

Derby Academy players Sam Dryden and Calum Macdonald have been training with the Scotland Under-18 squad.

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