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PAUL Green could make a timely return for Derby County in their next home game.

The key midfielder is working his way back from a second bout of surgery on his foot.

He was expected to be available after next month's international break but there is an outside chance of him being on the bench against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.

A more realistic target is the televised clash against Coventry City at Pride Park on Friday, November 6.

Green is making progress and if the 26-year-old has a good week's training next week, he should return to the squad to face Coventry.

He underwent surgery last season to repair a broken metatarsal but the problem flared again earlier this season and a second operation was needed.

He has missed the last eight matches. His last first-team action was against Sheffield United on September 12.

The former Doncaster Rovers player has been unlucky with injuries since signing for Derby in the summer of 2008.

He had operations on his broken fingers, shoulder and foot last season – by far the worst run of injuries in his career.

In the previous five seasons at Doncaster, he played 198 of 230 league games.

Fellow-midfielder Stephen Pearson (groin) and forward Steve Davies (ankle) returned after injury as substitutes against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

Manager Nigel Clough felt both players, as well as Lee Hendrie (hamstring), would benefit from playing an hour in tonight's reserve game against Macclesfield Town at the Impact Arena, Alfreton (7pm) but has decided not to risk them.

All three should be in the squad for Ipswich but Derby will wait for news on Dean Leacock (pictured below), who has mumps.

Kris Commons (hamstring) is expected to be out until after the international break along with Miles Addison (foot).

Derby will field a young side against Macclesfield and midfielder Arnaud Mendy will play despite being on loan at Grimsby Town.

Mendy did not feature for Grimsby on Saturday and a youth loan allows players to return to their parent clubs to play reserve games.

Jake Buxton (groin), Ben Pringle (knee) and Ruben Zadkovich (groin) are not available.


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