Derby County boss Paul Warne has said Callum Elder has a ‘sore ankle’ ahead of the weekend.
Derby County are back in League One action with an away trip to Stevenage. The Rams beat Exeter City 2-0 last time out.
Elder, 28, has been sidelined over recent weeks. He played 60 minutes along with Joe Ward for the U21’s against Stoke City on Tuesday night.
Warne has provided this latest update regarding the pair, as per DerbyshireLive: “They both played for the under-21s in midweek so they will both be in contention. I saw Callum yesterday and on Tuesday night and he has a bit of a sore ankle. We won’t take any risks, but Wardy is desperate to get back involved and it’s his job to try to get in.”
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Derby won’t want to take any risks with Elder to avoid making his injury any worse.
The Rams swooped to land the Australia international on a free transfer over the summer following his release by Hull City in the Championship. He has since made nine appearances in all competitions this season, seven of which have come in the league.
The full-backis an experienced player in the Football League and has played 238 games since moving to England. The Australian full-back, who has made one caps for his country to date, joined Leicester City in 2011.
He never made a senior appearance for the Foxes though and was loaned out to Mansfield Town, Peterborough United, Brentford, Barnsley, Wigan Athletic and Ipswich Town before Hull snapped him up on a permanent basis.
Elder spent four years in East Yorkshire and played 137 times for the Tigers altogether. He was part of their side who won the League One title under their former boss Grant McCann back in 2021 and he will hope that his promotion experience will come in handy at Derby this term.
The Rams’ victory over Exeter leaves them 8th in the table. They are two points off the top six.