Strikers close to a return in Derby County latest injury news

Derby County have faced injury issues all season long
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Derby County have faced injury issues all season long, however they may be getting a few names back soon as they look to make the push for promotion.

Paul Warne's side are fully involved in the automatic promotion race. They sit in second place, six point behind league leaders Portsmouth.

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They currently only have one striker available after signing Dwight Gayle but a couple of attackers are getting closer to a return.

Josh Vickers

Goalkeeper Josh Vickers will have a period on the sidelines after suffering a quad injury during his spell as the first choice. Joe Wildsmith has retaken the goalkeeper spot.

Martyn Waghorn

Martyn Waghorn is very close to a return from a calf injury he suffered in Autumn. He wasn't available on Saturday. He's back in training and could be available this weekend for the Rams.

Conor Washington

Conor Washington is also back in training and on a similar timeline to Waghorn. With an ankle injury, the striker could be back for selection this weekend, but is still very much a doubt.

James Collins

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Collins will be gutted after he suffered a knee injury against Exeter City last week. The striker will likely be out for the majority of the season. He could return in late April, but will struggle to make much of an impact unless he recovers particularly quickly.

Corey Blackett-Taylor

Corey Blackett-Taylor missed the Rams' game at the weekend due to a hamstring issue. But he will be back and available against Barnsley this weekend.

Craig Forsyth

Craig Forsyth won't be back from his calf injury until next month, but should be back in training before the end of February.

Tyreece John-Jules

Tyreece John-Jules suffered a hamstring tear against Reading earlier in the month. He will be out for the rest of the season.

Jake Rooney has been out since the end of August with a serious ACL injury. He is doing well in his rehabilitation, but won't be back for the rest of the season.