Derby County host Luton Town at Pride Park on Friday afternoon.

The Rams head into the clash on a winless run of seven games, leaving them just five points above the drop zone heading into the busy Easter weekend.

Wayne Rooney must get Derby scoring again after a difficult run of form.

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But with the likes of Jason Knight and Kamil Jozwiak featuring on international duty, the Derby boss may have to shuffle the pack to keep his top players fresh.

Here is how we believe Derby will line up:

David Marshall is back from his injury and featured for Scotland.

The Scots played in midweek, but Marshall was rested for that encounter and as such could be fresh to face Luton on Friday ahead of Dutchman Kelle Roos.

Andre Wisdom comes back in alongside Matt Clarke at centre-back.

Rooney may look to go more direct and play two upfront, meaning a midfield four which may see Tom Lawrence come back in on the left side.

 

Lawrence was an unused substitute during Wales’ 1-0 win over Czech Republic on Tuesday, but he has recovered from his injury and must be eager to start.

Jozwiak was a second-half substitute for Poland against England on Wednesday, deservedly featuring after posting one goal and two assists in Poland’s other two matches.

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The clash against the Hatters may come too soon for the former Lech Poznan winger, so Rooney could turn to on-loan winger Patrick Roberts on the opposite flank.

Graeme Shinnie is almost certain to start, but the game may come too soon for Knight who also featured for the Republic of Ireland in their midweek draw with Qatar.

Colin Kazim-Richards and Lee Gregory to start in a forward two.

Derby must go all-out for the three points as with Reading away to follow, the Rams could find themselves looking nervously over their shoulders after the Easter break.

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