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Derby County: Craig Bryson hoping to be on pitch for Notts County friendly

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 18, 2014

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IT is hoped Derby County midfielder Craig Bryson will play some part in the Rams' friendly against Notts County tomorrow.

An ankle problem meant the Scottish international was sidelined for matches against Ilkeston, Nuneaton Town and Northampton Town.

As a result, he has not figured since the opening match of pre-season against Matlock Town at the beginning of the month.

The Rams take on Notts County at Meadow Lane (1pm).

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And, another midfielder, Paul Coutts, also remains a doubt due to injury.

He started the friendly at Matlock but the Scot has not played since due to damage to his hip flexor.

Coutts missed virtually all of last season after dislocating his kneecap in the Capital One Cup defeat by Leicester City in September.

But Rams fans should get a first look at new signing Cyrus Christie tomorrow.

The 21-year-old right-back joined the Rams from Coventry City last week.

Kieron Freeman could return to the squad. The right-back missed out against Northampton with an ankle injury picked up in the win at Nuneaton.

There is still no Lee Grant as the keeper recovers from a knee operation he underwent at the end of May.

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