Football - Brayford's back

John Brayford is in line for a return to the Derby squad against Blackburn.

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The right-back played for just over an hour in the development squad on Monday afternoon in what was his first taste of match action since suffering a torn hamstring ahead of the Rams' trip to Championship leaders Cardiff at the beginning of last month.

Leading scorer Jamie Ward and midfielder Craig Bryson will continue to be assessed on a game-to-game basis.

Ward has suffered with hamstring problems for the majority of the season while Bryson has struggled with a groin injury in recent weeks.

Monday's development squad fixture saw Gareth Roberts come through 90 minutes unscathed following a calf injury, and the experienced left-back will be putting pressure on on-loan midfielder Craig Forsyth for a starting role.

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