Nigel Clough looks to avoid more Derby loan deals

Nigel Clough

Derby County manager Nigel Clough has said he hopes to avoid making any emergency loan signings if possible.

The Rams have slipped down to 13th place in the Championship table after Tuesday's home defeat against Reading.

And Clough's men are nine points off the play-off spots despite an encouraging start to the season.

Clough told BBC Radio Derby: "We will have a little look but will try to look from within as much as we can. None of our injuries will be long term."

Defender Gareth Roberts and midfielder Craig Bryson are both expected to miss Saturday's game against Southampton.