10:08 AM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014
Derby County's Zak Whitbread aims to push Jake Buxton and Richard...

Derby County's Zak Whitbread aims to push Jake Buxton and Richard...

ZAK Whitbread says he has "immense respect" for regular Derby County centre-back pairing Richard Keogh and Jake Buxton – but plans to fight them all the way for their places in the side this season.Whitbread joined the Rams on a permanent basis over the summer, having spent much of last term at the club on loan from Leicester City.The 30-year-old defender has found his first-team chances limited in that time – but insists he is not here simply to make up the...
Derby County's Jake Buxton determined to keep hold of place in...

Derby County's Jake Buxton determined to keep hold of place in...

JAKE Buxton may be hampered by injury but the defender is determined to keep hold of his place in the Derby County side.Buxton has managed to come through the Rams' opening two League games of the season, despite a hip flexor problem.The centre-back was rested for the Capital One Cup tie at Carlisle, where his place was taken by Zak Whitbread.Buxton knows Whitbread will be battling hard for his position, having joined the club on a permanent basis over the summer.He does not intend to...
Derby County: Craig Forsyth ready to fill in as Rams wait on Jake...

Derby County: Craig Forsyth ready to fill in as Rams wait on Jake...

CRAIG Forsyth is ready to fill in at centre-back for Saturday's Championship opener as Derby County wait on the fitness of Jake Buxton.Forsyth, the Rams' first-choice left-back, played as a central defender against Rangers at the weekend, with Buxton, Zak Whitbread and Mark O'Brien out injured.Derby are hoping Buxton will shake off a hip flexor problem to face Rotherham United at the iPro Stadium.Whitbread (cracked rib) is also a doubt and O'Brien (ankle) is out.Head coach Steve...

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