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Steve McClaren: Mason Bennett will be back after loan spell

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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HEAD coach Steve McClaren says Mason Bennett will return for Derby County’s promotion run-in once his loan at Chesterfield is up.

The 17-year-old forward joined Burton Albion’s League Two rivals two weeks ago and has made four appearances.

His month’s loan has another two weeks to run.

“Mason is doing well, and making an impact,” said McClaren.

“Hopefully he will get more minutes and more games, and come back in a couple of weeks ready and raring to go for us.

“We will see how Jamie Ward (hamstring) and Simon Dawkins (groin) are but we will probably bring Mason back for the run in.”

The injuries to Ward and Dawkins – coupled with Bennett’s loan – have reduced Derby’s options in the wide attacking areas.

McClaren described Ward and Dawkins as “touch and go” for tomorrow’s home game against Charlton Athletic, kick-off 3pm.

Earlier this week the club said Ward could miss “a couple of weeks” with the hamstring injury he suffered in the first half of the victory over Nottingham Forest while Dawkins could be out for the “next few weeks”.

He has missed the last two matches.

Will Hughes is also described as “touch and go”.

The 18-year-old midfielder has a hip flexor problem and did not travel for the Ipswich game on Tuesday.

“Will has a niggle and we are trying to get that sorted,” said McClaren. “We’ve got a couple out, but it is all about those who are fit.”

The deadline for emergency loans was yesterday.

“We are happy with the squad, happy with what we have got and they are more than capable of doing the job,” said McClaren.

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