Charlton v Bolton
Mark Gower will be included in the Charlton squad for the visit of Bolton on Saturday. The midfielder has been building up his fitness over the international break following his loan switch from Swansea a fortnight ago. The Addicks have also signed Burkina Faso international Florent Rouamba on a contract until the end of the season, but the defensive midfielder has to wait for a work permit and will not be involved at the weekend. Manager Chris Powell revealed there has been some illness in the camp this week but is hopeful the majority of his squad will be available. Defender Leon Cort needs a check on a knee injury and midfielder Danny Hollands remains sidelined with a fractured metatarsal. Meanwhile, new signings Robert Hall and Danny Butterfield are available to make their debuts for the trip to Charlton.
West Ham forward Hall and Southampton centre-back Butterfield beat the emergency loan deadline to join Dougie Freedman's squad on Thursday and are most likely to feature among the substitutes. Right-back Tyrone Mears (blood infection) remains on the sidelines along with Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews (Achilles). Andrews' fellow midfielder Mark Davies (knee) is a long-term absentee and Stuart Holden has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a month-long loan - the latest stage of his rehabilitation from a near two-year knee injury nightmare. Wanderers are looking to get their belated play-off charge back on track after a 1-0 defeat at Ipswich before the international break ended a run of five consecutive wins.
Ipswich v Leeds United
Scott Loach is expected to start in goal for Ipswich against Leeds. Town's on-loan first-choice goalkeeper Stephen Henderson was last week recalled by parent club West Ham, bringing a premature end to his second spell at Portman Road this term. Boss Mick McCarthy subsequently brought in former Blackburn keeper Jason Brown on Thursday on a short-term deal until the end of the season. But Brown is understood to providing back-up for Loach, who will now get the chance to prove himself against Leeds. Striker Frank Nouble is back in contention having missed Ipswich's 1-0 victory over Bolton last time out with a hamstring injury. Winger Lee Martin serves the final game of his three-match suspension for the red card received at Nottingham Forest.
Leeds strikers Ross McCormack and Steve Morison, meanwhile, are both hoping to return to action on Saturday at Ipswich. Both players missed the derby defeat to Huddersfield due to injuries sustained in the previous game against Peterborough. McCormack took a blow to the head and Morison was forced off with a calf strain. Habib Habibou made his debut alongside El-Hadji Diouf up front for Leeds against Huddersfield in their absence, but Warnock could be tempted to start with McCormack and Morison if they are fit. Midfield pair Paul Green (Republic of Ireland) and Rudy Austin (Jamaica) are both expected to be in contention following international duty, while defender Tom Lees is likely to resume in the back four after appearing for England Under-21s. Defenders Aidy White and Jason Pearce, plus midfielders Michael Brown and David Norris are pushing for recalls as Leeds bid to keep their fading play-off hopes alive.
Huddersfield v Hull City
Jamaica internationals Jermaine Beckford and Theo Robinson are expected to be included in Huddersfield's squad for the home game with Hull. Beckford, on loan from Leicester, fractured a knuckle on his debut for Jamaica against Panama last weekend, but made his second appearance in Tuesday night's defeat in Costa Rica with the aid of a splint. Robinson, on loan from Derby, also featured for the Reggae Boyz, as a substitute in both matches, while defender Joel Lynch and midfielder Oliver Norwood were unused substitutes for Wales and Northern Ireland respectively and are also expected to be included in Huddersfield's squad. Midfielder Keith Southern remains sidelined with a long-term Achilles injury, but is hoping to return to action within the next fortnight and otherwise Town manager Mark Robins will select his starting line-up from a full-strength squad. James Vaughan (ban), fellow striker Sean Scannell (hamstring) and winger Danny Ward (foot) all returned to action in the recent win at Leeds.
Hull defender Abdoulaye Faye, meanwhile, will return to the starting line-up for the first time since early February at Huddersfield. Faye, an unused substitute in the last four matches after returning from a calf injury, will step in for Paul McShane, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage. The Tigers will also be without midfielder Seyi Olofinjana, who has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season. But all seven of Hull's players who were away on international duty this week will be in contention. Egyptian trio Gedo, Ahmed Elmohamady and Ahmed Fahti, Northern Ireland pair Alex Bruce and Corry Evans, Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady and George Boyd, who made his debut for Scotland, have returned unscathed. The Tigers, who occupy the second automatic promotion spot, take on third-placed Watford on Tuesday in the second of two games in the space of four days.
Nottingham Forest v Brighton
Henri Lansbury is an injury doubt for Nottingham Forest ahead of the visit of promotion rivals Brighton. Lansbury is nursing shin and calf problems sustained while on international duty with the England Under-21 squad. However, with Lewis McGugan, Guy Moussi, Jonathan Greening and Simon Gillett all pushing for starting roles against the Seagulls, manager Billy Davies will not be short of midfield options should the former Arsenal trainee miss out. Goalkeeper Khaled Al Rashidi (back), defenders Dan Harding (calf) and Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and striker Marcus Tudgay (broken collarbone) have all resumed training after injury and are available for selection. Davies' side are looking to secure a seventh successive win which would equal a club record set back in 1921.
Tomasz Kuszczak, meanwhile, is fit for Brighton's trip to Forest. The goalkeeper limped off after the 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace with a back injury but a fortnight's rest has seen him return to training. Defender Adam El-Abd misses out through suspension again after collecting 10 yellow cards this season so the Seagulls could be unchanged following their derby win. Inigo Calderon will keep his place at right-back in place of Bruno (calf), and Leonardo Ulloa continues in attack on his own. Ashley Barnes is still suspended for tripping a referee and Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) are out for the rest of the season leaving Argentinian Ulloa as the only senior striker available to boss Gus Poyet.
Peterborough v Cardiff
Michael Bostwick is an injury concern for Peterborough as they prepare to host league leaders Cardiff. Midfielder Bostwick, who has been playing as a centre-half, was forced off with a hamstring problem during the second half of Posh's 1-0 win at Blackpool prior to the international break. Should Bostwick not recover in time for Saturday, Shaun Brisley would be recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in more than two months. New loan signing Florent Cuvelier will be involved against the Bluebirds. Cuvelier, signed from Stoke on Wednesday, could take his place in a three-man midfield alongside Jack Payne and Kane Ferdinand. That would represent a relatively inexperienced trio though, and manager Darren Ferguson may opt for either Grant McCann or Danny Swanson. Ferguson is expected to leave striker Tyrone Barnett on the substitutes' bench and play Lee Tomlin in support of leading scorer Dwight Gayle. On-loan midfielders Davide Petrucci (hamstring) and Alex Pritchard (ankle) are still not fit.
Meanwhile, Malky Mackay looks set to stick with the centre-back partnership that won at Sheffield Wednesday as his side head to Peterborough. Ben Turner was partnered by Norwich loanee Leon Barnett in the 2-0 victory at Hillsborough and with captain Mark Hudson sidelined again with his ankle injury, the pair are likely to get the nod once more. Mackay has confirmed that midfielder Jordon Mutch is in full training and ready to go having been troubled by a niggling foot injury. And the Scot will monitor the fitness of Welsh striker Craig Bellamy ahead of the trip. The former Liverpool man, 33, played 180 minutes for his country as they beat Scotland and lost to Croatia in their World Cup qualifiers, and Mackay may decide against letting the player start for the third time in eight days. Cardiff are seven points clear at the top of the npower Championship but Peterborough have been something of a bogey team for the Bluebirds in recent seasons. Posh have lost just two of the last seven meetings between the sides.
Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signings Stuart Holden and Seyi Olofinjana will go straight into the squad to face derby rivals Barnsley. Holden, who has made only three appearances for Bolton this season due to a knee injury, will stay with the club until April 24. Olofinjana, signed on loan until the end of the season, teams up for a third time with Owls manager Dave Jones, who was his boss at Wolves and Cardiff. Jones must decide whether to include either player in his starting line-up or name them among his substitutes. The Owls will be without winger Michail Antonio, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a groin injury in the defeat to Cardiff last time out. Midfielder Giles Coke is still struggling with a foot injury, but winger Jermaine Johnson has returned unscathed from international duty with Jamaica and is pushing for a recall as the Owls look to leapfrog Barnsley in their battle for survival.
Barnsley, meanwhile, will be without on-loan striker Chris O'Grady for the derby clash at his parent club Sheffield Wednesday. O'Grady has scored twice in eight appearances for Barnsley since arriving in January, but will not feature at Hillsborough. Manager David Flitcroft is expected to choose two from Chris Dagnall, Jason Scotland and Marlon Harewood to start up front in O'Grady's absence. Midfielder Stephen Dawson, on the bench in the two previous matches, is hoping to make his first start since damaging ankle ligaments in January. But the Reds will be without injured defenders Jim McNulty and Scott Golbourne. McNulty has missed the last five games with an ankle injury, while Golbourne's season came to an early end last month due to knee ligament damage. Defender Bobby Hassell is pushing for a recall after heading the winner against Watford last time out, while midfielders Tomasz Cywka and Ryan Tunnicliffe, on loan from Manchester United, are also in contention.
Wolves v Middlesbrough
First-choice goalkeeper Ikeme could well miss the remainder of the season after breaking his hand punching a dressing room tactics board at half-time in Wanderers' 2-1 win over Bristol City last time out, having earlier conceded a bizarre own goal. To make matters worse, boss Dean Saunders had already lost star winger Sako (hamstring) and midfielder Edwards (metatarsal) against the Robins, both of whom are now facing at least six weeks on the sidelines. Dorus De Vries replaced Ikeme and he is set to line up from the off against Boro for what will be his first league start of the season. Left-back Stephen Ward returns to the frame having missed the victory over Bristol City through suspension. Wigan winger Nouha Dicko and goalkeeper Marian Kello, a free agent, are also available to make their Wolves debuts having arrived at the club on Thursday.
Carl Ikeme, Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards will all miss Wolves' home clash against Middlesbrough. Meanwhile, Middlesbrough's Josh McEachran is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Wolves. The midfielder, 20, damaged an ankle in England Under-21s' 4-0 victory over Austria, in which he scored, on Monday and will be assessed in the run up to the game. However, striker Emmanuel Ledesma is unlikely to make the game at Molineux after suffering a recurrence of an ankle problem of his own. Full-back Stuart Parnaby is back in training after a hamstring tear but the game is likely to come too soon for him. Midfielder Julio Arca is the only other name on the casualty list, although he will not play again this season because of a toe injury.
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