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Derby boss eager to throw Feilhaber into fray

USA international Benny Feilhaber could be set for a Derby County debut against Tottenham this weekend.

Feilhaber joined the Rams on a three-year contract from Hamburg on Wednesday but was ineligible for the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Eastlands, the 22-year-old restricted to a warm-up session with his new team-mates.

Billy Davies is nonetheless confident the America international will be allowed to make his debut against Spurs.

The Pride Park chief said: "We need the international clearance before 5pm tomorrow, but I am optimistic we will receive the paperwork in time.

"Benny is a player we have been tracking for something like a year, and I think we got him out of Hamburg just in time - because after another six months the really big clubs would have been interested.

"He can play anywhere in midfield - left, right or in the middle - and he has a goal in him.

"One thing he certainly does not lack is confidence - he is American."

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