Stephen Pearson is expected to shake off a knock to his ribs when Derby take on Swansea.

If the winger does start, Rams' manager Nigel Clough will be able to name an unchanged side for the fifth consecutive game, where they will be bidding for a fourth successive home league win in the Championship.

Midfield duo Lee Croft and Lee Hendrie made their comebacks from injury in the reserves' victory over Macclesfield in midweek and could make the bench if required.

Dean Leacock (knee) and Steven Davies (hamstring) are working their way back to full fitness, however they are both about two weeks away from returning to contention.

Miles Addison is the only other absentee. The defender is likely to miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Leon Britton will be back in contention for Swansea.

The diminutive midfielder has missed the last two games with a back injury but the Londoner has trained all week and is in the squad.

Striker Craig Beattie is still not available due to a foot problem while full-back Fede Bessone remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Dutch forward Cedric van der Gun (hamstring) also remains on the treatment table along with defender Albert Serran (knee).

But there is better news of midfielder Ferrie Bodde, who scored for the reserves in midweek in his first game since recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out for five months.

The Dutchman is not expected to feature at Pride Park but he should be back in the reckoning for the first team before too long.

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