Cardiff will continue their pursuit of a play-off place without midfielder Craig Conway.
Conway was substituted after 38 minutes of the Bluebirds' 1-1 draw with Watford on Easter Monday following a challenge from Jonathan Hogg, amid fears he had broken his ankle.
Scans have since shown there is no break, but the 26-year-old has torn ankle ligaments, ruling him out of action for up to three months and therefore the remainder of the season.
Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay has one other injury doubt ahead of the visit of the Rams.
Striker Rudy Gestede is struggling with a hip problem and missed the victory over Barnsley at Oakwell at the weekend.
Stephen McPhail will be hoping for a return to the starting XI after the midfielder came off the bench against the Tykes.
Nathan Tyson and Jamie Ward will be hoping to be recalled by Derby boss Nigel Clough for the trip.
Clough felt his side lacked "killer instinct" and "quality in the final third" after seeing the Rams' already slim top-six aspirations all-but ended by a home defeat to Middlesbrough.
Theo Robinson started his 11th consecutive match on Saturday but the club's joint-top scorer could make way in south Wales after Clough felt he had an off day against Boro.
"Theo had one-on-ones with defenders all afternoon but didn't really run at them. He never really committed the defender to win a penalty, get a free-kick or get a shot off," Clough said. "That is the next stage of his progress. He has shown that he can finish when the ball is in the box but he has to go and get something from those good situations we have."
Ward is fit again after a lengthy absence with a thigh injury while Derby now seem to be on top of the persistent groin problem that has blighted Tyson's first season at Pride Park.
Midfielders James Bailey and Tom Carroll are also options for Clough while defender John Brayford is closing in on a return from the torn thigh muscle that has kept him on the sidelines for two months.
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