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Derby defender Shaun Barker postpones knee operation

Shaun Barker
Barker signed a new Rams deal in December

Derby County centre-half Shaun Barker is delaying a knee operation until the struggling Rams are safe from relegation from the Championship.

The 28-year-old, who recently signed a new contract until 2014, has not been training because of the problem.

But Barker is a key figure for the Rams and boss Nigel Clough does not want to lose him for the end-of-season run-in.

Derby have lost 10 of their last 14 league games and are just five points clear of the drop zone.

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