Ex-Keepmoat trio shoring up visitors

Ex-Rover: Derby's Jason Shackell in a challenge with Nottingham Forest's Matt Derbyshire.      Picture: andrew matthews/PA

Ex-Rover: Derby's Jason Shackell in a challenge with Nottingham Forest's Matt Derbyshire. Picture: andrew matthews/PA

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IT’S not quite a Donny old boys reunion but there will be three who wore Rovers colours in the Derby County shirts tomorrow at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Paul Green and Gareth Roberts occupied the full back roles in Tuesday’s last gasp 1-0 win over bitter rivals Nottingham Forest.

Green, of course, ‘made his name’ as a midfielder at Rovers.

In between them was Jason Shackell who was on loan with Rovers during the 2009/10 season.

However, the man who started alongside Shackell in centre defence on Tuesday, one-time Rotherham United defender Shaun Barker, will be missing tomorrow and for the rest of the season.

Barker dislocated his knee cap when colliding with his goalkeeper Frank Fielding late in the game.

It was his replacement, Jake Buxton, who was to send Price Park into raptures when he headed the only goal in the third of eight minutes of stoppage time.

It means that Nigel Clough’s side arrive at the Keepmoat much more bouyant than might have been the case after a run in which they had won once in their previous 10 games.

This run had seen them slip away from being potential Play-off candidates down into mid-table.

One uplifting story has been the successful return to action of injury-ravaged left-sided striker Steve Davies.

Four months ago he sustained a fratcured eye socket and broken cheekboone and needed major surgery with screws and plates inserted to facilitate the healing process.

They remain in there.

However, on his return to action recently against Birmingham City, Davies scored with a header to put Derby back in a game from which they secured a point after being two down.

One to watch

Steven Davies has notched three goals in his last four starts, taking his tally for the season to eight in 18 appearances. He fractured his skull in a 1-1 draw with Southampton in October, an injury which ruled him out of action for four months.