Blow as key midfielder ruled out of Leeds clash against Derby
By Harvey Byrne
Derby midfielder Jacob Butterfield will miss his side’s clash against Leeds on 13 January after receiving a three-match suspension.
The 26-year-old received a straight red card in the Rams’ last clash against Norwich after fouling Wes Hoolahan around the hour mark.
The former England Under-21 international appealed the decision, but the FA revealed on their official Twitter account that they had rejected his claim and he would now serve his suspension.
Derby County's Jacob Butterfield to serve a three-game ban after wrongful dismissal claim rejected: https://t.co/hcQBOD4zJH
— The FA (@FA) January 4, 2017
Butterfield will now miss matches against West Brom, Leeds and Reading.
It is possible that it will be the clash against the Whites that will cause his side the biggest blow given the closeness between the two teams as they compete for the play-offs.
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The Yorkshire giants are currently occupying fifth place with 45 points, while Derby trail in seventh on 40.
Garry Monk will now view the Rams’ side without key midfielder Butterfield as a good opportunity to get the three points and build up some more distance between the two.
The experienced Football League ace played 75 minutes of the two sides previous encounter in October, which was settled by a Johnny Russell goal in a 1-0 victory for the Rams.
Butterfield has also played in 24 of the 25 Championship matches for Derby this campaign and he will be a big loss for Steve McClaren in the centre of the park.
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