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Blackpool v Derby preview

Blackpool boss Barry Ferguson is unable to welcome back any of his injured players for Tuesday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby at Bloomfield Road.

The caretaker boss remains without striker Ricardo Fuller, defender Kirk Broadfoot (both knee) and forward Steve Davies (groin).

Fuller and Broadfoot's respective returns are taking longer than expected and Ferguson is unsure if next Saturday's trip to Leeds will also come too soon for the duo.

The disappointing 2-1 loss to Yeovil on Saturday dragged the Seasiders back in to the Sky Bet Championship relegation dogfight, but Ferguson claimed he decided upon the XI he will select against the Rams within 24 hours of the weekend's loss.

Will Hughes, meanwhile, could return to the Derby starting line-up.

Hughes returned after a two-match absence with a hip flexor injury as a late substitute during the defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday and the teenage midfielder is pushing for a recall at Bloomfield Road.

However, Tuesday night's trip will come too soon for forwards Jamie Ward and Simon Dawkins.

Ward suffered a hamstring injury in the 5-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on March 22 while Dawkins sustained a groin injury in training and has subsequently missed the last four Sky Bet Championship matches.