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Derby sweat on fitness of ‘key’ player ahead Wycombe clash

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Derby County, Pompey’s League One title opponents, are concerned about a crucial player’s health following their 2-2 draw at Fratton Park last week.

Thanks to two beautifully placed goals in the first half, Joe Ward scored a brace for the Rams in the thrilling first vs second match.

Paul Warne’s team will likely have to play without its star player from Fratton Park when they visit Wycombe on Wednesday night in an attempt to cut the Blues’ eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Derbyshire Live reports that the midfield player was forced off the pitch at minute 71 due to a knock he sustained against Pompey. According to reports, the 28-year-old will be evaluated before to the game at Adams Park before his availability is decided.

As Derby looks to secure their return to the Championship, Ward is one of eight players who are now receiving treatment from the Derby medical staff. Callum Eider, Max Bird, Craig Forsythe, Dwight Gale, Tom Barkhuizen, Ryan Nyambe, Tyreece John-Jules, and Craig Forsythe are also on the injured list and did not participate in the PO4 draw.

Similar to Ward, Derby will evaluate Barkhuizen, Eider, and Bird once more before deciding if they can play against the Chairboys, who were defeated by Peterborough in Sunday’s Bristol Street Motors Trophy final at Wembley.

It is theoretically still possible for the Rams to win League One before John Mousinho’s team. But they would presumably have to win the four games they had left and hope Pompey made a mistake somewhere in the process. If the Blues defeat third-place Bolton at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Saturday, they might win the league title and promotion, barring a Derby victory on the road on Wednesday night.

There are four games left for Pompey and Bolton, with the Blues presently leading Ian Evatt’s team by nine points. The Derby lead the Trotters by one point.

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