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Championship Team News 04/02/12

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

Birmingham v Southampton
Marlon King returns for BIRMINGHAM having recovered from a groin strain, Nikola Zigic should be fit despite tweaking a knee at Leeds while Guirane N’Daw is back from African Nations Cup duty but unlikely to figure. Billy Sharp hopes to make his SOUTHAMPTON bow but Jos Hooiveld, Steve de Ridder, Richard Chaplow and Guly do Prado are all doubts.

Brighton v Leicester
BRIGHTON are boosted by the return of Kazenga LuaLua and Mauricio Taricco, newcomers Joe Mattock and Gonzalo Jara Reyes could make their debuts but Craig Noone (hamstring) faces a fitness test. Ben Marshall and Wes Morgan could be handed their LEICESTER debuts and Danny Drinkwater is pushing to start after a lively showing as a substitute on Wednesday.

Bristol City v Leeds
CITY defender Louis Carey serves a one-match ban, David Clarkson (ankle) will miss the rest of the season and Nicky Maynard left the club on deadline day but Marvin Elliott and Liam Fontaine are both fit again. Caretaker boss Neil Redfearn could give LEEDS debuts to Adam Smith and Robbie Rogers while Andy O’Brien trained this week and could feature.

Burnley v Peterborough
BURNLEY will monitor the fitness of Keith Treacy, who was withdrawn on Tuesday with a back injury, Ross Wallace could step in while Martin Paterson and Junior Stanislas will sit it out. Ryan Bennett is still available to PETERBOROUGH after his new employers Norwich allowed him to remain at London Road on loan and Darren Ferguson has no fresh concerns.

Cardiff v Blackpool
CARDIFF defender Mark Hudson (calf) is in contention after missing the last two matches but he may have to settle for a place on the bench as Malky Mackay is likely to make few changes. Ian Evatt is suspended for BLACKPOOL, Keith Southern (ankle) is doubtful but Ian Holloway has a plethora of attacking options after his substitutes made an impact in midweek.

Coventry v Ipswich
Oliver Norwood is set to make his COVENTRY bow after joining on-loan from Manchester United but Conor Thomas is set to miss out and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) is a doubt. Paul Jewell will be reluctant to make changes after his IPSWICH side beat West Ham 5-1 on Tuesday. Alex McCarthy is available after a ban but Lee Bowyer (groin) isn’t quite ready.

Doncaster v Reading
El Hadji Diouf’s commitment to the DONCASTER cause could see Rovers field an unchanged starting line-up. However, Billy Sharp has left the club and James Coppinger (cheekbone) is out. READING are hoping that Mikele Leigertwood (thigh) and Jimmy Kebe (knee) can return, Matthew Connolly could debut but Mathieu Manser (hamstring) is a doubt.

Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
MIDDLESBROUGH striker Scott McDonald is set for a spell on the sidelines after injuring knee ligaments, Julio Arca completes a suspension but Marvin Emnes (hamstring) should be fit. PALACE skipper Paddy McCarthy is back from a ban, Paul McShane will make way if McCarthy returns to the starting eleven and Dean Moxey has recovered from a knee injury.

Portsmouth v Hull
PORTSMOUTH midfielder David Norris serves the final game of a three-match ban, Aaron Mokoena (hamstring) faces a fitness test but Luke Varney (knee) is again a major doubt. Robbie Brady returns to the HULL side after missing the draw against Doncaster with a head injury and Seyi Olofinjana will again feature from the bench as he builds up his match fitness.

Watford v Barnsley
WATFORD could field the same eleven that won at Millwall on Tuesday. Troy Deeney and Joe Garner will continue in attack after Marvin Sordell’s departure. Scott Golbourne will be included in the BARNSLEY squad after arriving from Exeter this week, fellow new boy Stephen Dawson (ankle) however, misses out and the games comes too soon for Jim O’Brien.

West Ham v Millwall
Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard could make their WEST HAM debuts, fans could also see fellow newcomer George John for the first time while Papa Bouba Diop (thigh) hopes to be fit. MILLWALL will thrust deadline day capture Andy Keogh straight into the squad, captain Paul Robinson is fit again after a thigh injury and Jordan Stewart (groin) could return.

Derby v Nottingham Forest
DERBY manager Nigel Clough could hand Nathan Tyson a start against his former club, Ryan Noble and Tom Carroll are set to make their home debuts but Theo Robinson (calf) is struggling. FOREST welcome Luke Chambers back from suspension and either Scott Wootton or Danny Higginbotham, who arrived on-loan this week, could join him in defence.

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