Championship - Team news: Ince set to miss out again

Team news for Saturday afternoon's Championship games, with Tom Ince set to miss Blackpool's home game against Watford.

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Barnsley v Huddersfield

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has several selection dilemmas ahead of the Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield.

Flitcroft drafted in veteran goalkeeper Mike Pollitt on loan from Wigan in time for the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Southampton and must decide whether to recall the rested Luke Steele.

Left-back Scott Golbourne, who started all six of the Tykes' games this season, has completed his move to Wolves and with Jean Yves Mvoto suspended following his dismissal at Blackburn last week, Flitcroft will be forced into changes in defence.

Striker Marcus Pedersen, a recent season-long loan signing from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, could make his first league start, but defenders Lewin Nyatanga (hamstring) and Martin Cranie (knee) remain sidelined.

Huddersfield defender Calum Woods is expected to return to the squad.

Woods missed the midweek Capital One Cup win against Charlton due to a knock and if he fails to recover Murray Wallace will retain his place on the substitutes' bench.

Manager Mark Robins has no new selection worries and could name an unchanged starting line-up for the fourth successive game as Town chase a fourth straight win.

Midfielders Keith Southern (calf) and Anton Robinson (knee) remain Town's only absentees, while strikers Jon Stead and Sean Scannell, plus defender Jack Hunt, are pushing for places in Robins' starting XI.

Birmingham v Ipswich

Birmingham boss Lee Clark will have goalkeeper Darren Randolph, defender Mitch Hancock and midfielder Shane Ferguson all available for the visit of Ipswich.

Randolph missed the controversial midweek Capital One Cup tie with Yeovil after suffering a broken nose in a clash with Leicester's Jamie Vardy last Saturday while Hancock has been struggling with an ankle knock.

Newcastle loanee Ferguson picked up a groin injury at the King Power Stadium but could be called upon by Clark following his recovery.

Dutch-born Ghanaian striker Akwasi Asante is a doubt with a hamstring problem which has kept him out since his recall from a loan spell at Shrewsbury.

Tyrone Mings is the only absentee for Ipswich, although he is expected to return to training.

Every other member of Mick McCarthy's squad has trained this week and is available for selection.

Blackburn v Bolton

New signing Ben Marshall could make his Blackburn debut at Ewood Park against Bolton.

The Salford-born winger returned to the north west on Wednesday after joining for an undisclosed fee from Sky Bet Championship rivals Leicester.

Centre-back Matt Kilgallon could also pull on a Rovers shirt for the first time as he has returned to full training this week along with fellow groin-injury victim Corry Evans, who has been restricted to just one substitute appearance so far.

Midfielder Lee Williamson (back) is in light training yet Ruben Rochina (shoulder), Paul Robinson (back), Dickson Etuhu (knee), DJ Campbell (ankle) and Adam Henley (hamstring) all remain on the sidelines.

Bolton's injuries are mounting as they look to win for the first time this season.

Wanderers have had the long-term injuries of defender Joe Riley and midfielders Mark Davies and Stuart Holden (all knee) to contend with since the start of the season and their list of absentees is only growing.

Midfielder Chris Eagles (ankle) has still not featured since coming off against Burnley in the first game of the season while full-back Marc Tierney (groin), defender Tim Ream (hamstring) and striker Craig Davies (ankle) all missed out against Tranmere on Tuesday night - a contest which David Wheater also sat out after injuring himself in the warm-up.

Summer signing Andre Moritz came off the bench and impressed in the Capital One Cup shootout defeat, so may make his first start.

Blackpool v Watford

Blackpool are once again likely to be without Thomas Ince as they look to maintain their strong start to the season against Watford.

The Tangerines, currently defying pre-season predictions to sit second in the Sky Bet Championship table, have been missing their star man in their last three games, first due to suspension and then due to a thigh injury.

The England Under-21 international was targeting a return to full training towards the end of this week, casting doubt over his involvement against the Hornets.

Central defender Gary MacKenzie (hamstring) is definitely unavailable in an area which is a concern for manager Paul Ince given Craig Cathcart (knee) missed the 1-0 win over Reading last time out.

Watford duo Almen Abdi and Lloyd Doyley are expected to be fit for the trip.

Influential midfielder Abdi missed Wednesday's 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth with a foot injury, although it is likely he would have been rested in any case.

Defender Doyley, meanwhile, sat out with a thigh strain but both will make the trip to Bloomfield Road as the Hornets look to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

Defensive duo Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles) and Tommie Hoban (ankle), who are both yet to feature this season, remain sidelined.

Brighton v Millwall

Brighton will give Ashley Barnes a late fitness check ahead of the visit of Millwall.

The striker is still struggling with the hip injury which forced him to miss last weekend's 2-0 win over Burnley.

With Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) still on the sidelines, Leonardo Ulloa could again be Brighton's only fit senior forward.

Defender Bruno (hamstring) is set to miss out again along with Andrea Orlandi (knee) and Liam Bridcutt (hernia) but fellow midfielder Keith Andrews could return to the squad after a hamstring niggle as the Seagulls go in search of a third straight victory.

James Henry could return to Millwall's starting XI for the trip to Brighton.

Winger Henry was an unused sub having recovered from an illness as the Lions bowed out of the Capital One Cup 2-1 at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Steve Morison is out following a hernia operation and fellow strikers Jermaine Easter (hamstring) and Dany N'Guessan (knee) are injury doubts but midfielder Liam Trotter and goalkeeper David Forde (both knee) are close to returning.

Defenders Danny Shittu and Shane Lowry and midfielders Richard Chaplow and Shaun Derry could be recalled after dropping out in midweek.

Charlton v Leicester

Charlton will check on skipper Johnnie Jackson ahead of the visit of Leicester.

Midfielder Jackson managed 80 minutes in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat by Huddersfield on his return from a troublesome calf problem and boss Chris Powell will wait to see how the injury settles down.

Jackson and fit-again Dale Stephens (groin) were among eight changes made by Powell against Town so the likes of Leon Cort, Rhoys Wiggins, Chris Solly, Mark Gower, Yann Kermorgant and Simon Church could come back in.

Teenage forward Joe Piggott could make his league debut after another encouraging display in the cup.

Captain Wes Morgan and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel should be back in contention for Leicester when they travel to Charlton.

Morgan missed last Saturday's 3-2 home win over Birmingham and the midweek Capital One Cup victory at Carlisle after suffering a back spasm but the centre-half has now resumed training.

Schmeichel was given the night off at Brunton Park to rest a mild ankle knock but will be fit to face the Addicks as Nigel Pearson's men look to head into the international break still unbeaten.

Defender Sean St. Ledger remains the only other injury absentee but his comeback from a knee problem is progressing well and he has also resumed light training.

Derby v Burnley

Derby will be without Jeff Hendrick in their starting line-up for the first time.

Hendrick missed the 5-0 home victory over Brentford in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night after hobbling off in the league win at Yeovil last weekend.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who will see a specialist on Friday, will remain on the sidelines against the Clarets and he is unlikely to go on international duty with the Republic of Ireland next week.

Paul Coutts and John Eustace are battling it out to replace Hendrick.

Rams boss Nigel Clough has no other new problems so will select from the same group of players that were on duty against Brentford.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has been assured he will retain his place in Burnley's XI when he returns from suspension against Derby.

The summer signing was dismissed for two bookable offences in the 2-0 defeat to Brighton, the Clarets' first of the campaign, and served a one-match ban against Preston in the Capital One Cup in midweek.

However, although debutant Alex Cisak kept a clean sheet, boss Sean Dyche indicated Heaton had done enough prior to his red card to warrant assuming the gloves once more.

The Clarets, whose only injury absentee is midfielder Ross Wallace (knee), have taken three points from Pride Park on each of the last three occasions.

Doncaster v Bournemouth

Paul Keegan comes back into the reckoning for Doncaster when they resume Sky Bet Championship action at home to Bournemouth.

Keegan was suspended for the Capital One Cup tie with Leeds on Tuesday night following his red card in the abandoned league fixture at Charlton last weekend.

He could go straight back into the starting line-up for James Coppinger, who Rovers have spent the week assessing since he was on the end of a hefty challenge from Leeds' Jason Pearce during the second-round clash.

Harry Forrester came on as a late substitute against Brian McDermott's team after injury but fellow midfielder Marc De Val Fernandez continues to recover from a torn medial ligament and is still some way of making his debut for the club.

Bournemouth's record signing Tokelo Rantie will not be involved for the trip to Doncaster.

The 22-year-old South African striker was snapped up from Malmo this week but he will not join up with Eddie Howe's men until after the international break.

But the Cherries will be boosted by the return of midfielder Harry Arter. A thigh strain caused the 23-year-old to sit out Wednesday's 2-0 defeat to Watford but he is available again.

The Keepmoat Stadium is a ground where the Cherries' renaissance under Howe really kicked into gear last season, Arter's strike earning Bournemouth their fifth win in six unbeaten matches since their manager returned from Burnley.

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has only one fresh injury concern ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Defender Frazer Richardson tweaked a groin muscle in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Wigan and will be assessed before Mowbray finalises his plans.

Keeper Jason Steele returned from an ankle problem sustained in the 1-0 win at Charlton on August 10 for the game at the DW Stadium and although the felt the after-effects, he will be available.

The Teessiders otherwise have a relatively clean bill of health with only Seb Hines missing.

Central defender Hines underwent knee surgery during the summer and is expected to sit out the first month of the campaign.

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jermaine Johnson could go straight back into the starting line-up at Middlesbrough following suspension.

Johnson has completed a three-game ban after his dismissal in the Capital One Cup defeat at Rotherham and boss Dave Jones may be tempted to start with the Jamaica international, either in a central position up front or on the right wing.

Right-back Lewis Buxton faces a late fitness test after sustaining a hamstring strain against Millwall last week and if he fails to make it Liam Palmer will come into contention.

Midfielder Kieran Lee (hip) and defender Joe Mattock (knee) both remain sidelined.

Wigan v Nottingham Forest

Grant Holt is rated as "very doubtful" for Wigan's clash with table-topping Nottingham Forest at the DW Stadium.

The striker was forced off in Latics' 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough in midweek due to a knee injury and boss Owen Coyle was far from optimistic about his chances of featuring against his former club.

However, Shaun Maloney, who missed out against Boro because of a foot injury, should be available for selection.

Fellow winger Callum McManaman completes the three-game suspension he picked up following his dismissal at Bournemouth and while defenders Gary Caldwell (hip) and Ivan Ramis (knee) remain sidelined, Thomas Rogne (back) is on the comeback trail.

Billy Davies could again make wholesale changes to his Nottingham Forest team for the trip.

After Sunday's 1-1 draw at Watford, the Reds boss made 11 changes for the Capital One Cup tie at home to Millwall. Forest progressed after extra time and the performances of summer signings Jamie Paterson and Djamel Abdoun will have given Davies food for thought.

However, there is a strong possibility the Scot could once again change the whole team at the DW Stadium as the East Midlands club look to extend their unbeaten start to the season.

"Yes, we will make changes we will freshen it up again," said Davies. "We had a tough game at Watford on a hot, sticky day. We freshened things up against Millwall and we will do so again at the weekend for what will be another tough match."

Yeovil v Reading

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson could partner Paddy Madden with Andy Williams when Reading come to Huish Park.

Johnson rested Republic of Ireland international Madden for the controversial Capital One Cup defeat to Birmingham in midweek while Williams, who returned on loan from Swindon last week, was cup-tied having already played in the competition for the Robins.

Wayne Hennessey looks set to start in goal once more while Jamie McAllister is pushing for his first league start since the Wembley win over Brentford after coming through the Blues clash unscathed.

The Glovers welcome the Royals looking for their first home win of the season having lost to Birmingham twice and Derby.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins will swing the axe ahead of the trip to Yeovil.

Adkins made nine changes for the midweek Capital One Cup trip to Peterborough but his stand-in players did not cover themselves in glory in a 6-0 defeat.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, defenders Wayne Bridge, Alex Pearce and Sean Morrison, midfielders Danny Guthrie, Royston Drenthe, Garath McCleary and Jem Karacan and striker Nick Blackman could all return.

Mikele Leigertwood (ankle) and Jason Roberts (hip) are still out while winger Jimmy Kebe, who has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, was due to return from injury at London Road but declared himself unfit due to a hamstring problem, raising questions about his future at the club.

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