Derby County host Championship leaders Norwich City at Pride Park on Saturday.

The Canaries head into the game knowing a victory could seal promotion back to the Premier League if Swansea City and Brentford fail to win their games.

Derby, meanwhile, come into the clash nursing several injuries.

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Matt Clarke, George Edmundson and right-back Nathan Byrne are out, leaving Derby boss Wayne Rooney with only a handful of fit natural defenders to choose from.

Here is how we believe Derby will line-up:

Derby beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road earlier in the season, with Rooney scoring a late winner via a free-kick. Former boss Phillip Cocu played three centre-backs that day.

Rooney may opt to go with a similar formation. However, Byrne’s absence could see Andre Wisdom play centrally and Kornell McDonald come in at right wingback.

McDonald has made six Championship appearances this season. The 19-year-old academy product, however, has yet to make a league start and Norwich may be his first.

 

Craig Forsyth could also play centrally in place of Matt Clarke, allowing Lee Buchanan to come in at left wingback where he will be tasked with stopping Emiliano Buendia.

Max Bird, Jason Knight and Graeme Shinnie will likely retain their places.

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Rooney’s forward options are hit by the absences of Martyn Waghorn and Lee Gregory, therefore Tom Lawrence could play centrally alongside Colin Kazim-Richards.

Derby’s injury situation means they will be big underdogs against Norwich, but in the Championship, there are often surprise results as the Rams proved at Carrow Road.

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