Sky Bet Championship: Steve McClaren ponders Derby changes for final game
Last Updated: 29/04/14 2:22pm
Head coach Steve McClaren is weighing up the pros and cons of making changes to his Derby starting line-up ahead of the final game of the season against Leeds.
The Rams head to Elland Road on Saturday guaranteed of finishing third in the Sky Bet Championship, with a two-legged play-off semi-final just around the corner.
It means McClaren's men have three matches in nine days and the former England manager must decide whether to rest players or stick with the nucleus of the team that has built up momentum, winning the last five matches.
"It is a difficult one, and one I will have to think about," said McClaren, when asked if he would make changes following Saturday's home victory over Watford.
"The players have done really well but when you are in the play-offs it means three games in a short space of time.
"How we approach that is something we need to think about, but it should be that whoever I play goes out to perform and to win."
Conor Sammon missed out against the Hornets due to a rib injury but the striker is expected to be available for the trip to Leeds.
"Conor picked up a strain in the muscles between his rib cage," Rams first-team coach Paul Simpson told the Derby Telegraph.
"It was an innocuous injury. He turned and had a shot in training and felt something in his ribs."