Grant Ward is the closest out of those injured in making a return. Bristol Rovers face Derby County who have their own injury problems. (Image: Getty Images)Grant Ward is the closest out of those injured in making a return. Bristol Rovers face Derby County who have their own injury problems. (Image: Getty Images)
Grant Ward is the closest out of those injured in making a return. Bristol Rovers face Derby County who have their own injury problems. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

Bristol Rovers v Derby County League One injury news as 11 ruled out and 3 doubts

Latest injury and team news ahead of the Sky Bet League One clash between Bristol Rovers and Derby County at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers face automatic promotion chasing Derby County in a Sky Bet League One clash at the Memorial Stadium.

The two sides met back in November and it was the Rams who came out on top at Pride Park. Former Derby striker Chris Martin equalised after a Jack Hunt own goal had given the hosts the lead but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored in stoppage time.

Eight places and 20 points separate Derby in third and Rovers in 11th. Derby are just a point off of the automatic promotion spots whilst the Gas are a whole 11-points off the play-off places.

A win for Rovers wouldn't be enough to see them overtake Lincoln City given their superior goal difference but it would help them go one step closer towards securing a top-half finish. As for Derby, they'll be hoping for a slip-up from Bolton Wanderers who play Exeter City at St James Park.

Derby are unbeaten in four matches against Bristol Rovers and have lost just twice in the last 10 competitive meetings between the two. Last season saw Derby win 4-2 at Pride Park but then draw 1-1 at the Mem. Rovers' last success against Derby came in the FA Cup in 2002, which came 22-years ago.

Nathan Ellington inspired Rovers to the victory, scoring a hat-trick for Rovers, who were ranked 87th out of the 92 league clubs against Derby who were a Premier League outfit at the time. The last league victory recorded over Derby County was at the Baseball Ground on April 9, 1986.

First-team manager Matt Taylor posted a positive injury update this week in his pre-match press conference. Some players are doing well in their recovery and we could soon see them in action. Unfortunately Brandon Aguilera of Nottingham Forest won't be able to haunt the Reds' fierce rivals as he is out with an injury. Here's the latest injury and team news ahead of kick-off.

Eight places and 20 points separate Derby in third and Rovers in 11th. Derby are just a point off of the automatic promotion spots whilst the Gas are a whole 11-points off the play-off places.

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