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Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:40:00

Blackpool welcome back Isaiah Osbourne from suspension for Saturday's Championship clash with Derby at Bloomfield Road.

The midfielder sat out the Seasiders' last three games after receiving a red card in the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest but returns as the club search for a win that would secure safety.

Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher has been cleared to play after he was forced off at Brighton at the weekend after clashing heads with Seagulls goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

Paul Ince wants to see his players put last weekend's heavy 6-1 defeat behind them with a win.

He told the club's official website: "We've got to get back to picking up points and if we pick up all three then it's job done and that's how I look at it.

"We're back at home and I want a response and a reaction, not just for me, but for the fans as well."

Frank Fielding, meanwhile, will miss Derby's final away game of the season through suspension.

Fielding was sent off after bringing down Peterborough striker Dwight Gayle during the Rams' 3-1 home win over Posh last weekend and he will serve a one-match ban.

Adam Legzdins will return between the posts for what will be his first start since losing his place to Fielding at the beginning of March.

Leading scorer Jamie Ward (hamstring) and key midfielder Craig Bryson (groin) will continue to be patched up.

Elsewhere, teenage midfielder Will Hughes stepped up his comeback from a groin injury with 45 minutes for the Under-21 side on Monday afternoon.

Hughes, who turned 18 last week, made his long-awaited return after two months out as a late substitute against Peterborough and he will be included in the squad that travels to Bloomfield Road.

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