Championship - Saturday team news: Murray returns

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship fixtures, with top scorer Glenn Murray back from suspension for Crystal Palace.

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Championship - Saturday team news: Murray returns

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Huddersfield Town v Leeds United (12.30pm)

Huddersfield's Adam Clayton is expected to face former club Leeds following suspension, but fellow midfielder Keith Southern is still banned. Clayton, who joined the Terriers from Leeds in the summer, missed the midweek defeat at Middlesbrough after reaching five yellow cards and is likely to return to the side, but Southern sits out the second game of a three-match ban following his straight red card in the recent draw at Charlton. Another former Leeds player, Jermaine Beckford, remains doubtful after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury, as does fellow striker Sean Scannell, who has missed the same number of games due to a similar problem. Manager Simon Grayson is also expected to be without a third forward, James Vaughan, who is still struggling with the thigh strain that has forced him to miss the last seven matches.

Leeds defender Jason Pearce may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench. Pearce has missed the last three games through suspension following his straight red card in the recent home defeat to Watford and in his absence Warnock drafted in Swansea defender Alan Tate on loan. Tate has performed impressively in Leeds' last two games - victories over Crystal Palace and Leicester - and Warnock is reluctant to change a winning formula. Another recent loan signing, Jerome Thomas from West Brom, is expected to continue on the left wing, while last season's leading goalscorer Ross McCormack is pushing for a place in the starting line-up after recovering from his ankle injury. Forward Luke Varney will sit out the second game of his three-match ban following his recent red card at Millwall and midfielder Rudi Austin remains sidelined after cracking a bone in his ankle, but Warnock has no new injury or suspension problems as his side chase a third straight league win.

Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

Martin Petrov is an injury doubt for Bolton. Petrov featured as a second-half substitute in Wanderers' 2-1 triumph over Blackburn but picked up a slight hamstring strain in the closing stages. The former Manchester City winger may have struggled to break into the starting line-up in any case after Chris Eagles, Jacob Butterfield and Lee Chung-Yong all impressed in the attacking midfield roles at Ewood Park, with the latter netting the ultimately decisive second goal. Kevin Davies opened the scoring after replacing David Ngog in attack - the ex-Liverpool youngster dropping to the bench despite netting a last-minute equaliser against Brighton last weekend. Mark Davies is available once more having served a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards but may struggle to dislodge Keith Andrews and Jay Spearing in central midfield. Long-term knee injury victims Andy Lonergan, David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Josh Vela remain on the sidelines.

Luke Hyam faces a battle to be fit for Ipswich. The midfielder came in for his first start under new boss Mick McCarthy on Tuesday night and impressed as Town claimed a 3-1 success against Nottingham Forest, bagging the second goal at Portman Road. However, the youngster was forced off seven minutes from time nursing a knock to his calf, although McCarthy is confident he will be declared fit. Hyam was brought in due to an injury to Nigel Reo-Coker, with the former Trotters midfielder denied a return to the Reebok Stadium because of a troublesome hamstring strain which is expected to keep him out for another couple of weeks. But, otherwise, McCarthy, has the same squad to select from as the one which saw off Forest and moved Town out of the Championship's bottom three.

Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Bristol City's Louis Carey looks set to miss the clash with Wolves at Ashton Gate. The 35-year-old tweaked his calf when overstretching earlier this week and looks likely to join Stephen McManus, Lewin Nyatanga, Jon Stead and Cole Skuse on the sidelines. Carey's absence is the only fresh injury worry for Derek McInnes who will have Greg Cunningham back in full training within the next two weeks. The Republic of Ireland left-back has missed the last 13 games since damaging his ankle against Peterborough in mid-September.

Carl Ikeme hopes to be fit for Wolves despite dislocating a finger in midweek while skipper Karl Henry returns from suspension. Goalkeeper Ikeme was finally forced off in the 66th minute of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat to Millwall having sustained the injury during an earlier collision with defender Roger Johnson, but he is confident of being fit to face the Robins. Midfielder Henry will definitely be available at Ashton Gate having completed his three-match ban, with the captain's services required at a time when under-pressure Wolves have gone nine games without a win. Tongo Doumbia was rested to the bench against the Lions due to fatigue and it remains to be seen whether he will return to the starting XI. Razak Boukari, Georg Margreitter, Slawomir Peszko, Steven Mouyokolo, Wayne Hennessey, Stephen Hunt, George Elokobi and Jamie O'Hara all remain sidelined.

Crystal Palace v Brighton and Hove Albion

Crystal Palace welcome back top scorer Glenn Murray. Murray missed the club's goalless draw with Hull in midweek as he sat out a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards this campaign and the 15-goal striker will come back as Ian Holloway's side look to return to winning ways. After a sequence of five consecutive wins, Palace have failed to win their last two and have been knocked off top spot in the Championship. Defender Darcy Blake is in contention, after missing the last two games through illness, but midfielder Andre Moritz is a doubt after sustaining a dead leg in the defeat to Leeds last weekend and missing the trip to Hull. Skipper Paddy McCarthy and midfielder Jonathan Williams are still sidelined with groin injuries.

Brighton are almost at full strength. Apart from Spanish winger Vicente, who has only made one substitute appearance in the league this season due to a thigh tendon problem, Gus Poyet has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from. Right-back Bruno Salter played through a rib complaint in midweek and will continue in defence, while left-back Wayne Bridge is fit after a calf injury. Centre-back Adam El-Abd returned to the bench in midweek after recovering from a hamstring problem and is pushing for a start. Poyet will asses Kazenga LuaLua's frame of mind after his midweek court case.

Millwall v Charlton Athletic

Millwall welcome back James Henry. The winger sat out through suspension as the Lions extended their unbeaten run to 12 games with a 1-0 win at Wolves in midweek. Henry is expected to return to the side in the place of Liam Feeney, who deputised at Molineux. But boss Kenny Jackett will not be tempted into further changes. He is still without midfielder Liam Trotter and striker Darius Henderson (both hamstring) but fellow forward Shaun Batt is available after a calf problem and could make the bench.

Charlton are sweating on the fitness of Ricardo Fuller. The striker suffered a hamstring injury during the club's 2-0 win over Peterborough in midweek and will be assessed ahead of the trip. Fuller scored the opener against the Championship strugglers as Chris Powell's side recorded their fourth win in five. Fellow forward Rob Hulse was dropped to the bench in midweek, as Charlton faced their second game in four days, and could return in the place of Fuller if the Jamaican striker is ruled out. If Fuller is available, Powell has the welcome headache of choosing between the duo and Yann Kermorgant, who have all scored in their last starts. Defender Michael Morrison misses the game through suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Peterborough, but Danny Haynes (hamstring) and midfielder Lawrie Wilson (thigh) are back in contention.

Nottingham Forest v Hull City

Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll may be tempted to make changes. Forest's four-game unbeaten league run came to an end at Ipswich on Tuesday night with what O'Driscoll described as a "baffling" performance in a 3-1 defeat in Suffolk. Defenders Daniel Ayala and Brendan Moloney, midfielders Guy Moussi, Lewis McGugan, Andy Reid and James Coppinger were all on the bench against the Tractor Boys. O'Driscoll's options may be boosted further if defender Greg Halford and midfielder Jermaine Jenas can overcome calf injuries. Striker Simon Cox joins midfielders Radoslaw Majewski (ankle) on the sidelines as a long-term absentee after a scan revealed he suffered ankle ligament damage during the 2-1 win at Wolves last weekend.

Hull winger Sone Aluko is manager Steve Bruce's only new injury concern. Aluko is nursing a minor knee problem but is expected to play some part for the Tigers, who could be unchanged from the side that started in the midweek draw with Crystal Palace. Defender Jack Hobbs and midfielder Tom Cairney could both be included in the squad for the first time this season following respective long-term knee injuries after coming through 90 minutes for the reserves unscathed in midweek, but neither is likely to be pressed into action. Bruce has plenty of options in central defence with James Chester, Paul McShane, Alex Bruce and Abdoulaye Faye all vying for the centre-back slots. Striker Matty Fryatt (Achilles) and defender Joe Dudgeon (knee) remain long-term absentees, while on-loan midfielder David Meyler could be recalled after the Forest match by parent club Sunderland, who have just lost captain Lee Cattermole for two months due to injury.

Peterborough United v Blackpool

Tommy Rowe will return to the Peterborough squad. The wing-back has been sidelined for over a month with an ankle injury and is likely to start on the bench against the Seasiders. Midfielder Michael Bostwick, who has played at centre-half in the last two games, will serve a one-match suspension after he received his fifth yellow card of the season during the 2-0 defeat at Charlton on Tuesday night. Gaby Zakuani or Craig Alcock are expected to replace Bostwick in the starting line-up. On-loan striker Saido Berahino missed out at The Valley with a knee injury and the West Brom teenager remains a doubt. Daniel Kearns was recalled from his loan spell at York on Thursday and the midfielder will be pushing for a place in the squad.

Michael Appleton has no new injury or suspension worries as he goes in search of a first win as Blackpool manager. Appleton is unbeaten since leaving Portsmouth to succeed Ian Holloway at Bloomfield Road, but Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Birmingham was the Seasiders' fourth successive stalemate. He must once again do without the attacking talents of Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) and Matt Phillips (toe), while centre-back Ian Evatt (knee) also remains sidelined. On-loan Bournemouth man Wes Thomas could be in line for a first start in attack as veteran striker Kevin Phillips has started both of Blackpool's games this week. Elliot Grandin is eyeing a recall after the midfielder was left out of the starting line-up and matchday squad in midweek.

Watford v Barnsley

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola boasts no new injury or suspension problems. Zola watched the Hornets triumph 4-1 at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek to extend their unbeaten run to six games and move up to the eighth place in the Championship table, although he could still opt to tinker with his line-up. Strikers Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra are two of the leading contenders for recalls having been dropped to the bench at Hillsborough. Watford do however remain without as many as six players for the clash against a Barnsley side winless in eight. Midfielders Ikechi Anya (hamstring), Almen Abdi (shoulder) and John Eustace (back) as well as defenders Lloyd Doyley (calf) and Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) and back-up goalkeeper Jonathan Bond (groin) remain sidelined.

Barnsley manager Keith Hill could name an unchanged starting line-up. Hill has no new injury or suspension problems following the draw with Burnley in midweek when Akos Buzsaky made his debut in midfield alongside fellow loanee Jonathan Greening. A third recent loan signing, Peterborough striker Emile Sinclair, is pushing for his first start for the Tykes after stepping off the substitutes' bench in the last two matches. Leading goalscorer Craig Davies is expected to resume up front alongside Marcus Tudgay, who scored his first goal for the club since arriving on loan from Nottingham Forest against Burnley on Tuesday night. Mido remains sidelined with the back problem that has forced him to miss the last three games and midfielder David Perkins is still struggling with a hamstring injury.

Leicester City v Derby County (5.20pm)

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson may "tweak" his starting line-up. Pearson watched the same XI that beat Sheffield Wednesday so impressively last weekend slip to defeat at Leeds on Tuesday night. Striker Marko Futacs and winger Anthony Knockaert went on as second half substitutes at Elland Road, and Leicester did improve after their introduction so they will come into the mix to start Saturday evening's televised clash against the Rams. Defenders Paul Konchesky and Liam Moore and midfielders Matty James and Jesse Lingard are also options for Pearson. Leading scorer David Nugent is still a doubt with a neck injury and centre-half Sean St. Ledger (hamstring) is still out.

Derby will give Gareth Roberts as long as possible to recover from a calf injury. Roberts limped out of the Rams' 1-1 home draw with Championship leaders Cardiff on Tuesday night just before the half-hour mark. The experienced full-back was assessed on Wednesday and manager Nigel Clough said: "His calf is pretty stiff and we will see how much we can work with him and what the physios can do. Versatile defender James O'Connor replaced Roberts at left-back in midweek and is likely to fill the void again should the 34-year-old not make it. There is a possibility that forward Jamie Ward might return to the Derby squad after missing the last 11 matches with a hamstring injury.

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