The Rams host fellow playoff contenders Norwich City in the early kickoff at the iPro Stadium having suffered back-to-back damaging defeats in the last seven days.
Middlesbrough ran out 2-0 victors at The Riverside last weekend to knock Derby off top spot and replace them in the automatic promotion places, while Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Tuesday.
However, Ryan Shotton, who was dismissed against Boro, is available once again having served his suspension, and should replace Buxton in the centre of defence.
Jordon Ibe is also pushing for a start having impressed off the bench against Chelsea, playing a big part in his side's only goal of the game.
The Rams may have fallen to defeat at the iPro during the week, but they will be confident of returning to winning ways against a side in the same division as them having only lost one home league game all season.
However, they have lost three of their last four matches overall, and another defeat this weekend would condemn to three in a row for the first time since January.
As a result, they remain in touch with the playoff places and would move into the top six for a few hours at least with a victory in the lunchtime kickoff.
The Canaries have been hit and miss on the road so far this season, but they have amassed just one point fewer on their travels than at Carrow Road.
Form in Championship: WWWLWL
Form in all competitions: WWLWLL
Possible starting lineup: Grant; Christie, Shotton, Keogh, Forsyth; Hendrick, Mascarell, Bryson; Ibe, Martin, Russell
Recent form: LLDLWW
Possible starting lineup: Ruddy; Martin, Whittaker, Cuellar, Olsson; Johnson, Howson, Redmond, Hooper, Tettey; Jerome
Sports Mole says: 3-2