Football - Rams have Hughes hope

Will Hughes stands a good chance of being fit for Derby's trip to Watford.

PA Sport Report

The highly-rated midfielder was forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad with a groin injury but after receiving treatment Hughes has trained this week and Steve McClaren is optimistic of having him available for his first away game since becoming the Rams' head coach.

Fellow teenager Mason Bennett could start up front after impressing McClaren from the bench against Leeds a fortnight ago and following that up with further good performances for the England Under-19 side.

Midfielders Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle) remain out injured.

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