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Pearson set to step back into Reserve action


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STEPHEN Pearson could return to action today when Derby County Reserves take on Grimsby Town.

The Scottish midfielder spent more than four months out after undergoing knee surgery.

He returned as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat by Manchester United last month but felt some pain in his knee and has been sidelined since.

Now he is expected to face Grimsby in the totesport casino.com League Cup semi-final at Alfreton Town (2pm).

A number of other players on the fringe of the first team will play, including Nathan Ellington, Emanuel Villa, Luke Varney and Przemyslaw Kazmierczak.

Jordan Stewart is set to train this week after a back problem but will not be risked in this afternoon’s game.

Derby still have a number of injury worries ahead of Saturday’s home Championship clash against Barnsley.

Left-back Jay McEveley is out with a hamstring injury and Kris Commons is rated “extremely doubtful†due to a calf problem. Commons has missed the last five matches.

Striker Chris Porter has a chance of being fit. Porter, who hit three goals in two games before picking up a hip injury, sat out the draw at Southampton and the Sheffield United defeat.

He should return to training later this week and goalkeeper Roy Carroll is also training after suffering a knock on his knee last week.

Gary Teale’s good form has earned the winger a recall to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

Scotland face Holland in Amsterdam on Saturday, March 28, and Iceland at Hampden Park on Wednesday, April 1. Commons is also in the 26-man squad.

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Nice to see O'Keefe getting on the scoresheet, although I must admit to being slightly confused here. Is this guy one for the future or is he ready for first team football?

Why haven't we signed him on a loan deal and instead signed Eustace and Bannan?

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Yeah they've let him join us on trial till the end of the season which then he's oout of contract at Blackburn, not sure why Clough hasn't turned it into a loan deal and see how he gets on in the first team. :confused:

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