Last Updated: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:42
Derby are waiting to discover the extent of Zak Whitbread's calf injury but head coach Steve McClaren is hopeful it is not too serious.
Whitbread, on loan from Sky Bet Championship rivals Leicester, was substituted just before half-time during Derby's 3-2 win at Watford on Saturday after complaining of a tight calf.
McClaren revealed after the game the defender was withdrawn as a precautionary measure in the hope of restricting any potential damage, with Whitbread set to undergo a scan.
The Rams were without nine players at the weekend and McClaren is optimistic Whitbread will not add to the club's lengthy injury list.
"Zak had a tight calf so as soon as the news got over to us we felt it was best to get him off as a precaution more than anything," McClaren told Derby's official website.
"We hope from that point of view we've saved him from getting an injury.
"We'll see how he feels in the next few days and if he'll be alright for the Birmingham game on Saturday."
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