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American defender Zak Whitbread joins Derby County on loan

Leicester City v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Zak Whitbread of Leicester in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leicester City and Birmingham City at The King Power Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Leicester, England, (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Texas-born, Liverpool-bred United States youth international defender Zak Whitbread has moved from Leicester City to Derby County on a three-month loan.

Whitbread has only started sporadically for Leicester this season, making three starts and sitting on the bench three times in league play. He seems to have fallen out of favor, having not started since an Aug. 28 League Cup victory over Carlisle United.

His first game with Derby will be Tuesday against Ipswich Town, and he could slot right into the starting lineup, as Derby defender Richard Keogh saw a red card on Saturday.

After his youth career at Liverpool, Whitbread signed for the first team there and played sparingly. He made a loan move to Millwall permanent in 2006, spending four years there before moving on to Norwich City and Leicester City.

Whitbread’s last U.S. call-up was in 2011, when head coach Bob Bradley called him in for friendlies against Argentina and Paraguay, but he could not join the team due to a hamstring injury.

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