Rooney makes two changes for Forest Clash – Blog


Manager Wayne Rooney has made two changes to the side which beat Sheffield United 2-0 last weekend for this afternoon’s East Midland Derby game against Nottingham Forest (12.30pm kick-off).

The Rams head to the City Ground full of confidence after four wins and one draw in their last five league games.

The big news is the return of full-back Lee Buchanan, who made his first appearance since late November in the 3-2 win over AFC Bournemouth at Pride Park Stadium.

The Derby defender played just over an hour for the club’s Under-23s against Leeds United on Monday and returns straight to the squad.

The only other change is in attack as Colin Kazim-Richards, who scored against the Reds in a 1-1 draw last February at Pride Park Stadiu, starts ahead of Luke Plange who is named as a substitute.

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Spence, Grabban (C), Colback, Davis, Lowe, Johnson, Yates, McKenna, Cook, Garner.

Replacements: Horvath, Figueiredo, Zinckernagel, Bong, Dias, Silva, Taylor.

Derby County: Allsop, Byrne, Bird, Lawrence (C), Kazim-Richards, Stearman, Buchanan, Davies, Ebsosele, Knight, Thompson.

Replacements: Roos, Forsyth, Jozwiak, Morrison, Sibley, Cashin, Plange.

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