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Team News: Matej Vydra returns for Derby County playoff against Fulham

Team News: Matej Vydra returns for Derby playoff
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Matej Vydra returns to the Derby County XI to lead the line in their playoff clash against Fulham.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett has made one change to his starting XI from last weekend's meeting with Barnsley for tonight's playoff semi-final against Fulham.

Matej Vydra returns to the Rams lineup to lead the attack, having been on the bench for the last three games in a row.

The Czech forward replaces Marcus Olsson, who misses out with a knee injury, in the first team.

Rowett has also made a change among his substitutes in the absence of Olsson, adding Ikechi Anya to the bench after he recovered from a calf problem.

Visitors Fulham have also made one change to their lineup for the promotion clash, with Floyd Ayite earning a recall at the expense of Lucas Piazon.

Defender Matt Targett passed a late fitness test to retain his place in the first XI, but the game comes too soon for Sheyi Ojo, who is still recovering from the knock he suffered against Birmingham City last weekend.

Former Derby man Cyrus Christie has been named on the Fulham bench.

Derby County: Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Weimann; Vydra, Lawrence; Jerome
Subs: Roos, Pearce, Hanson, Ledley, Palmer, Anya, Nugent

Fulham: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett, McDonald, Johansen, Cairney, Ayite, Mitrovic, Sessegnon
Subs: Button, Christie, Kalas, Norwood, Kamara, Kebano, Piazon

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