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Derby undecided over whether Sunderland loanee Noble will stay

Derby boss Nigel Clough may not extend Ryan Noble's loan spell from Sunderland. Noble rejoined the Rams on a month-long loan in January and that deal will expire after Reading's visit to Pride Park on Tuesday night.

"We'll have a chat with Sunderland and see what their plans are and if they need him back," said Clough. "I know they have been a bit short of strikers but if Theo's calf is not far off and Steven Davies is fit as well as Bally (Callum Ball) and Nathan, we now have a few fit strikers.

"The other strikers are doing well. Steven was out for quite a number of months and although he was able to train, he just needs to build his match fitness. He has had two or three reserve games but he just needs to show a little bit more than he did in those games to tell us he is ready to come back in.

"Nathan would have started against Nottingham Forest had the game been on and as long as he has a good week's training he will be in contention to start at Millwall on Saturday."

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