Garner Misses Out at Derby
Tuesday, 28th Nov 2017 19:03
Joe Garner is a notable absentee as the Blues take on Derby County at Pride Park.
The striker didn’t make the trip to the East Midlands, due to a knock. The former Rangers man has been managing an ongoing shoulder problem since pre-season, but it's not that which is hampering him.
Ben Morris was subbed at half-time in yesterday's U23s draw at Charlton in order to be added to the squad for tonight's match.
Emyr Huws is handed his first start of the season and Jordan Spence and Bersant Celina return to the team, while Dominic Iorfa and Freddie Sears drop to the bench.
The starting XI gives manager Mick McCarthy a number of options formation-wise but the Blues boss seems likely to stick with his recently preferred 4-2-3-1 system with Martyn Waghorn in Garner’s usual role and Celina and Grant Ward either side of Huws behind him.
Derby are unchanged for the third game running with former Blues loanee Tom Lawrence starting.
Derby County: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh (c), Lawrence, Baird, Weimann, Vydra, Nugent, Davies, Ledley, Huddlestone. Subs: Mitchell, Russell, Martin, Wisdom, Pearce, Thorne.
Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers (c), Webster, Knudsen, Skuse, Connolly, Ward, Huws, Celina, Waghorn. Subs: Gerken, Iorfa, Bishop, Sears, Downes, Nydam, Morris. Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland).
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