Football - Rams count on Coutts

Derby are confident Paul Coutts will be available when they begin their Sky Bet Championship campaign against Blackburn on Sunday.

PA Sport Report

Coutts has been nursing a groin problem and the midfielder missedthe Rams' final two friendly matches against Burton and West Brom but he resumed training this week. Teenage striker Mason Bennett is also back in training after suffering a rib injury while in action for the Under-21 side.

Summer signings Lee Grant, Johnny Russell, John Eustace and Adam Smith will all hope to make their debuts in one of the fixtures hand picked by the Football League to mark its 125-year anniversary.

Chris Martin and Craig Forsyth, on loan at Pride Park last season, remain available after joining the club on permanent deals.

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