Cocu may name unchanged side as Derby face Swansea



Posted Thursday, August 08, 2019 by PA

Cocu may name unchanged side as Derby face Swansea

Derby boss Phillip Cocu looks set to select from strength for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship home game against Swansea.

The Rams opened their league season with victory over Huddersfield on Monday, and Cocu seems unlikely to make many changes.

Duane Holmes, who has been troubled by a thigh problem, has taken a partial role in training and might be involved.

But Cocu says that new signing Krystian Bielik will not feature this weekend following his arrival from Arsenal.

Swansea could be boosted by the return of Wayne Routledge for the trip to Pride Park.

Routledge missed last Saturday’s victory over Hull because of injury, but head coach Steve Cooper has welcomed him back to training this week.

And while Tom Carroll will not feature against Derby, his injury recovery is progressing to the extent that he has resumed full training and is closing in on a playing return.

Elsewhere, new signings Aldo Kalulu and Sam Surridge are in the mix to make their debuts after loan moves from Basel and Bournemouth, respectively.

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