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Championship Team News

Get the lowdown on all of the team news for the latest round of Championship matches before you put your money on.

Barnsley v Leeds
Jim O’Brien (stomach) is struggling for BARNSLEY, Reuben Noble-Lazarus has a hamstring problem and Danny Drinkwater (thigh) remains out so teenagers John Stones and Paul Digby could make the squad. Tom Lees is a doubt for LEEDS with concussion so Paul Connolly could start while Alex Bruce is another defensive option having returned from a loan spell.

Birmingham v Blackpool
Curtis Davies is set to go straight back into the BIRMINGHAM starting line-up after a one-match ban, Pablo Ibanez will make way and Liam Ridgewell gives boss Chris Hughton a defensive alternative. Matt Gilks’ groin problem means Mark Howard will stay in goal for BLACKPOOL while Callum McManaman is fit despite going off with cramp on Monday.

Burnley v Hull
BURNLEY defender Michael Duff (hamstring) faces a late fitness test after limping off in the Boxing Day win over Doncaster but Eddie Howe has no fresh concerns. A fifth yellow card means HULL are without the suspended Liam Rosenior, Paul McShane are both in contention to step in while Seyi Olofinjana (knee) could make a long-awaited return to the Tigers squad.

Coventry v Brighton
Chris Hussey (ankle) and Cyrus Christie (knock) were withdrawn for COVENTRY on Monday and will be monitored while Gary Deegan hopes to start after his Boxing Day winner. BRIGHTON are without the suspended Liam Bridcutt who has accrued five bookings, Alan Navarro could step in while Romain Vincelot and Ashley Barnes are also banned.

Derby v West Ham
Mark O’Brien is out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury in training so Jake Buxton could make the DERBY squad but Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and Steve Davis (head) remain sidelined. Jack Collison is still suspended for WEST HAM and following their Boxing Day bookings Kevin Nolan, Julian Faubert and George McCartney are also banned.

Leicester v Portsmouth
LEICESTER boss Nigel Pearson is pondering changes after the draw with Ipswich, Gelson Fernandes and Sean St Ledger are vying for a place in the squad and Andy King hopes to start. Luke Varney could be back for PORTSMOUTH after having injections to his injured knee, midfielder Joel Ward’s dead leg will be assessed with Aaron Mokoena ready to step in.

Middlesbrough v Peterborough
Marvin Emnes is still struggling with a hamstring problem and his fitness will be monitored but MIDDLESBROUGH have no fresh concerns and could name an unchanged line-up.
PETERBOROUGH will be without Lee Frecklington, who has undergone surgery on a hernia but Ryan Tunnicliffe should return from a dead leg and Lee Tomlin (knee) is pushing to start.

Millwall v Crystal Palace
On-loan defender Nathan Baker (knee) could miss out for MILLWALL, Alan Dunne and Tony Craig are in contention to replace him while Brian Howard’s loan spell has ended. Mile Jedinak returns from a ban for CRYSTAL PALACE, who have Dekel Keinan (ankle) back in training. Darren Ambrose and Chris Martin hope to start but Dean Moxey (knee) is a doubt.

Nottingham Forest v Cardiff
Paul Anderson (hamstring) is a doubt for FOREST, along with Joel Lynch (groin) and the pair will be given fitness tests but Brendan Moloney (knee) is definitely out. CARDIFF hope that Kevin McNaughton will recover from the calf injury that saw him withdrawn against Watford but Darcy Black remains on standby, while Joe Ralls (knee) is pushing for a return.

Reading v Ipswich
READING manager Brian McDermott is set to name the same line-up that beat Brighton on Boxing Day as the Royals have no fresh injury concerns. IPSWICH will be without Keith Andrews (hamstring) so skipper Grant Leadbitter, Jimmy Bullard and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are all in contention to fill in. Striker Jason Scotland should recover from a tight hamstring.

Watford v Doncaster
WATFORD boss Sean Dyche has no new injury worries and could stick with the same team that drew with Cardiff on Monday. Brian Stock serves a one-match ban for DONCASTER, Herold Goulon could step in having recovered from hamstring trouble while Pascal Chimbonda is pushing to start. However, the game comes too soon for Martin Woods (groin).

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