Derby County manager Frank Lampard has confirmed to the Derby Telegraph that Mason Mount is fit and available for selection.

The on-loan Chelsea midfielder has missed Derby’s past ten matches after picking up an injury in the FA Cup tie at Accrington Stanley. Over that period, the Rams have managed just two wins in all competitions.

Mount’s absence has been evident. Despite a relatively low goal scoring campaign, his inclusion makes others play better. Jack Marriott, for instance, has looked a shadow of his former self in recent months.

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Derby’s drop off in form has seen the Rams lose their grip on a top six spot. Heading in to their clash with Rotherham United this weekend, Lampard’s side are sitting in eighth spot, two points behind the playoffs.

But speaking at a Fans’ Forum, Lampard had some positive news for supporters. Mount has recovered from his injury, and in Lampard’s own words is desperate to get out there and play.

Mason is like a caged lion – he is desperate to play.

How Mason Mount can make the difference for Derby County:

Derby have a game in hand over their fellow top six challengers, and this weekend’s clash provides an opportunity to get back on track.

Rotherham United head into the encounter currently lying the Championship’s relegation zone. The Millers must seek three points, and a more attack-minded attitude may actually help the Rams.

Derby have a poor record against teams who just sit in and defend. Millwall recently completed the double over Lampard’s side, while there were early season defeats at Bolton Wanderers and Rotherham.

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Lampard is still confident of grabbing a top six spot despite his side’s drop in form, adding: “I know we can make the playoffs. We know we are capable of getting in to that top six.”

Mount’s return could prove to be the catalyst. The 20-year-old averages an impressive 2.1 chances created per game, while he boasts one of the highest win percentage ratios throughout Derby’s squad.

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