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Derby team news: Good news for Rams boss ahead of Man United clash

Derby County host Manchester United in the FA Cup on Thursday evening, and they go into the match with no fresh injury concerns, according to their official website.

The Rams head into the contest knowing that a home quarter final against Norwich City awaits for the winner, which should act as a perfect incentive for both sides.

Derby are currently sitting in mid-table in the Championship, unlikely to go up and equally as unlikely to go down, so they can give this match their all safe in the knowledge that a successful campaign hangs on it.

Only two sides have better home form in the second tier this term than the Rams – Fulham and Preston North End – which should give Philippe Cocu and his men plenty of confidence in what is a huge game.

The Derby boss will be delighted to have no fresh injuries, especially given his side have been embarking on a heavy schedule in the Championship in recent times.

The Rams will be without long-term injury victim Krystian Bielik, who is out for the remainder of the season with a knee problem, while Duane Holmes will also miss out here with his own leg injury.

Tom Huddlestone is back in training for Derby, but unfortunately for him this match will come too soon for him, so he remains unavailable for Cocu.

The build up to the contest will be dominated by Rams captain Wayne Rooney, who faces his former club Manchester United for just the second time since he departed Old Trafford.

The England star bagged 253 goals in 559 appearances for the Red Devils in a lengthy stay in Manchester, but he will be looking to knock them out of the famous competition on Thursday evening.

The 34-year-old will lead a side into battle who have little to lose and plenty to gain, on what could be a huge night at Pride Park.

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