Derby: Jake Buxton set to miss ret of the season

Jake Buxton
Buxton, 30, has played 23 times for the Rams this season

Derby defender Jake Buxton is likely to be out for the season, but they are hopeful top-scorer Chris Martin will return after the international break.

Buxton, 30, needs surgery on his back injury and is unlikely to feature in the Championship promotion push.

Martin, 26, has a hamstring problem and has not played since the game against Bournemouth on 10 February.

But first-team coach Paul Simpson is "hopeful" 19-goal Martin will be fit to face Watford on Friday, 3 April.

"We are still waiting on Chris," Simpson told BBC Radio Derby. "Jake could be out for up to eight weeks, so that is a blow."

The Rams have won just two of the nine league games since Martin was injured and have dropped to fifth in the table, six points adrift of leaders Bournemouth.

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