Derby County goalkeeper Kelle Roos has been deputising for the injured David Marshall in recent fixtures after the Scotsman picked up an injury in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Watford last month.

The 28-year-old has featured from the start against Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest and most recently Cardiff City as the Rams recorded a win, a draw and a loss in that order.

Speaking to RamsTV, Derby manager Wayne Rooney confirmed that Marshall is not yet ready to return.

“Marshy is struggling a little bit for Saturday,” explained Rooney.

 

“He hasn’t trained with us today [Friday], we’ll assess him in the morning and see how he is, but I think it will be a longshot for him to play on Saturday.”

Marshall has been an ever-present in the starting line up since his arrival from Wigan Athletic in the summer, making 28 Championship appearances and producing eight clean sheets.

Roos has his fair share of criticism in Derby colours, but his record this season hasn’t actually been too shabby. The former Nuneaton Town man has made eight appearances this campaign, keeping a clean sheet on four of those occasions.

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DERBY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Wayne Rooney of Derby County with Kelle Roos after their sides 1-0 win during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and AFC Bournemouth at Pride Park Stadium on January 19, 2021 in Derby, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

It looks as though the Dutchman is set to retain his spot in the side against Coventry City on Saturday, but it’s unlikely he will be able to keep Marshall out of the starting XI once the 36-year-old is back to fitness.

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