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Derby County striker Jamie Ward a doubt for Ipswich Town game

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

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JAMIE Ward’s fitness will be assessed ahead of Derby County’s game against Ipswich Town tomorrow, but the Rams will again be without Simon Dawkins.

A hamstring problem forced Ward off six minutes before half time in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

He was replaced by Johnny Russell, who scored Derby’s fourth goal with a stunning strike.

“We hope Wardy’s injury is not too severe,” said head coach Steve McClaren. “But it’s not about the one to 11, we have a good squad here.”

Dawkins missed the Forest game with a groin injury.

First-team coach Paul Simpson said: “He picked up the injury in training on Tuesday. He is out for the next week or two.”

Bamford came in for Dawkins and had a hand in three of the Rams’ five goals.

John Eustace will serve the second of his two-match ban when Derby travel to Portman Road and with Will Hughes (groin) not risked as a starter against Forest, George Thorne was handed his debut having signed on loan from West Bromwich Albion seven weeks ago.

Thorne filled the holding role in midfield and his performance was praised by McClaren.

“What a big game to come into, a lot of pressure,” said McClaren.

“George has waited and been patient. He got his opportunity and did well.

“It is about balance in that midfield area. John Eustace does a great job for us and George went in and did the same which gave us great balance and allowed Jeff Hendrick and Craig Bryson to make their runs.”

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