Championship - Saturday team news: Cardiff to miss skipper Hudson

Team news ahead of the Saturday's matches, with Cardiff facing fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough.

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Championship - Team news: Cardiff face defensive headache

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Captain Mark Hudson led by example with Cardiff's opening goal in a comfortable win

All matches kick off at 3pm except Leeds v Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest

Leeds v Millwall (12:45)

Leeds manager Neil Warnock is likely to name an unchanged starting line-up. Midfielder Rudy Austin could return from injury. With Stephen Warnock currently operating at left-back, teenager Sam Byram will resume at right-back with skipper Lee Peltier partnering Tom Lees in central defence. Midfielders Michael Brown and Aidy White, plus striker El-Hadji Diouf could be on bench duty.

George Saville is added to the Millwall squad after the teenage midfielder joined on loan from Chelsea. Defender Shane Lowry is back from suspension but striker Rob Hulse is a doubt with a stomach injury. Winger Chris Taylor is close to returning after a knee ligament injury but defender Paul Robinson is still recovering from a long-term groin problem.

Middlesbrough v Cardiff

Loan signing Sammy Ameobi could make his debut for Middlesbrough. Kieron Dyer and Josh McEachran will return to the squad, but central defender Andre Bikey (hamstring) is likely to miss out. Jonathan Woodgate has a chance of returning from a calf injury but striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle), defenders Stuart Parnaby (hamstring) and Justin Hoyte (hip) and midfielder Julio Arca (toe) remain on the sidelines.

Cardiff are likely to be without Mark Hudson after the captain picked up an ankle injury. He could be replaced by youth product Ben Nugent, but he has missed the last two games with a leg injury so Malky Mackay may shuffle his defence with Kevin McNaughton coming in at right-back and Matt Connolly partnering Ben Turner.

Hull v Birmingham

Hull striker George Boyd is hoping to make his first start after signing on loan from Peterborough. Manager Steve Bruce could be boosted by the return of defenders Abdoulaye Faye (calf) and Paul McShane (hamstring) to the squad. Striker Sone Aluko is waiting to see if he requires surgery to resolve an Achilles problem and remains sidelined from a Tigers side who have won their last three home matches.

Striker Marlon King will again miss out for Birmingham with a knee injury. Left-back Mitch Hancox will be assessed as he struggles with a thigh injury. Winger Shane Ferguson comes into contention following his loan arrival from Newcastle this week, coming in as cover for Rob Hall who has returned to parent club West Ham to have a groin injury assessed.

Ipswich v Leicester

On-loan pair Reece Brown and Frank Nouble are both pushing for their full Ipswich debuts. Long-term absentees Anthony Wordsworth (back) and Paul Taylor (foot) remain on the sidelines.

Leading scorer David Nugent remains a doubt for Leicester after hurting his neck during last weekend's goalless draw at Blackpool. Matty James has missed the last two games with a knee injury and the midfielder will be assessed before the squad travel to Suffolk.

Brighton v Huddersfield

Will Buckley returns to the Brighton squad after missing the win over Burnley through illness but the Seagulls will still be without midfield duo Andrew Crofts (hamstring) and Liam Bridcutt (suspension). Boss Gus Poyet must decide whether to recall fit-again skipper Gordon Greer (hamstring) or stick with Adam El-Abd and Matt Upson in central defence. Striker Will Hoskins is still out with a knee injury.

Huddersfield midfielder Oscar Gobern is expected to be available after he suffered a clash of heads in the midweek win over Burnley but Scott Arfield could continue. mark Robins has no other new injury or suspension problems, but is without Danny Ward (broken metatarsal), Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) and Keith Southern (Achilles). Defenders Jack Hunt and Joel Lynch, midfielder Oliver Norwood, plus striker Alan Lee are among those pushing for recalls.

Barnsley v Bolton

Barnsley midfielder Kelvin Etuhu could return from a broken nose. Manager David Flitcroft has no new injury or suspension problems, but must decide who will start at left-back in the absence of Scott Golbourne, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Jim McNulty and Scott Wiseman are in contention. Ryan Tunnicliffe, on loan from Manchester United, is expected to continue in midfield, while Jacob Mellis and Tomasz Cywka are pushing for recalls.

Bolton expect to be without midfielder Mark Davies (knee) who has undergone a scan and Stuart Holden could deputise. Attacking midfielder Chris Eagles missed out in midweek with illness and full-back Tyrone Mears has a blood infection, meaning the former Burnley duo remain doubts. Strikers Kevin Davies and Craig Davies could be in contention for starts.

Blackburn v Peterborough

Leon Best might have to wait a little longer for his Blackburn debut as he continues his rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament damage. Fabio Nunes could come into contention following a hamstring lay-off, although fellow winger Josh King is a fortnight away due to a similar complaint. Lee Williamson, Colin Kazim-Richards (both ankle), Martin Olsson (eye), Dickson Etuhu (knee), David Dunn (calf) and Paul Robinson (back) remain sidelined.

Peterborough are assessing Davide Petrucci, who has suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that kept him out of the previous two matches. Jack Payne could start in his absence. Teenage left-back Kgosi Ntlhe could be ready to return to the squad following a broken ankle. Striker Tyrone Barnett may also come into contention after recovering from a knee injury.

Charlton v Burnley

Charlton striker Yann Kermorgant is suspended after he kicked out at Nottingham Forest's Greg Halford during the Addicks' 2-0 defeat so on-loan Tottenham frontman Jon Obika could start. Ricardo Fuller and Danny Haynes are also in contention. Midfielder Danny Hollands is still missing with a foot injury. Lawrie Wilson and Salim Kerkar could make the squad.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has worries in midfield having lost Dean Marney and Chris McCann to calf and hamstring injuries in the midweek defeat to Huddersfield. Winger Ross Wallace (knee) and defenders Michael Duff (calf) and Ben Mee (knee) are also on the sidelines.

Blackpool v Bristol City

Paul Ince has no new injury worries as he looks for a first goal and win in charge of Blackpool at the third time of asking. Matt Derbyshire or Nathan Delfouneso might be introduced into Pool's shot-shy attack, but defenders Ian Evatt (knee) and Bob Harris (toe) remain sidelined.

Bristol City have been boosted by the return captain Cole Skuse (knee), striker Sam Baldock (calf) and the experienced Louis Carey (knee). Striker Ryan Taylor is two weeks away from a return to training, but Richard Foster has an Achilles problem which will be assessed by the club's medical staff.

Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest (17:20)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones could name an unchanged starting line-up. Anthony Gardner is expected to continue in the back four. Kieran Lee, who started in place of on-loan Manchester City midfielder Jeremy Helan, is in contention. Connor Wickham is likely to start again alongside fellow loanee Leroy Lita. Jermaine Johnson, Rhys McCabe, Jose Semedo and Martin Taylor are all pushing for recalls. Defender Reda Johnson (ankle) has an outside chance of returning to the squad.

Nottingham Forest are without suspended defender Greg Halford. Skipper Danny Collins is expected to come back into the side after being named as a substitute in all three games since Billy Davies took charge. Fellow defenders Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Sam Hutchinson (knee) have both returned to training following long-term injury problems.

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