Championship - Team News: Johnson could return for top-of-table clash

All the weekend team news with the top of the table clash between Burnley v QPR the highlight.

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Championship - Team News: Johnson could return for top-of-table clash

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Barnsley v Sheffield Wednesday (12:15)

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft could name an unchanged starting line-up. Flitcroft has no new injury or suspension problems as the Reds look to build on last week's home win over Middlesbrough - their first in seven league matches.

Sheffield Wednesday will be without suspended midfielder Jose Semedo. Wednesday were unsuccessful with their appeal against Semedo's straight red card in last week's draw at Bolton and the Portuguese starts a three-game ban. Liam Palmer could return to the starting line-up in Semedo's absence, but otherwise manager Dave Jones has no selection issues as his side chase their first win of the season. Striker Matty Fryatt will play his last game before his scheduled return to parent club Hull, while Jones must decide whether to stick with Kamil Zayatte at the heart of defence or recall Miguel Llera.

Huddersfield v Leeds United (12:30)

Huddersfield will be without leading goalscorer James Vaughan through suspension. Vaughan, who has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances this season, was shown a straight red card in last week's defeat at Leicester after pushing Marcin Wasilewski to the ground and will start a three-game ban. Jon Stead and Martin Paterson are both in contention for a recall in Vaughan's absence, but manager Mark Robins has several options with Sean Scannell also in the reckoning.

Leeds will add new loan signing Dexter Blackstock to their squad.Blackstock joined on an initial month-long loan on Thursday and could feature after being handed the number nine shirt by manager Brian McDermott. McDermott, who has no new injury or suspension worries, must decide whether to retain Sam Byram and Stephen Warnock as wing-backs either side of three central defenders. Striker Matt Smith is hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up alongside Ross McCormack after scoring twice in Leeds' 4-0 defeat of Birmingham last Sunday.

Blackpool v Blackburn Rovers

Blackpool will be without on-loan defender Bradley Orr. The 30-year-old full-back is forced to sit this game out as he is ineligible to face his parent club. Manager Paul Ince, who will serve the second match of his five-game stadium ban, will check on Craig Cathcart after he picked up a knee injury in training in midweek. Captain Barry Ferguson is still recovering from an ankle operation, while Bob Harris (shoulder) is hoping to return to action at the beginning of next year.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer could hand DJ Campbell his first start of the campaign. The former Tangerines striker made his return from a long-term ankle injury when he came off the bench in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Charlton, and he is in contention to start. Defender Grant Hanley will serve the second of a three-match ban for seeing red against Wigan, while Corry Evans (ankle) remains out. Bowyer will check on Dickson Etuhu (knee) ahead of kick-off, while midfielder David Dunn (knee) is likely to miss out.

Bolton v Ipswich

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman will be without goalkeeper Adam Bogdan who sprained his knee in training at the beginning of the week, and Andy Lonergan is set to step in. Arran Lee-Barrett should serve as cover on the bench after joining on a short-term deal on Thursday. Midfielder Liam Feeney is unavailable having been recalled by his parent club Millwall, while long-term absentees Joe Riley, Marc Tierney, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden remain out.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is hopeful goalkeeper Dean Gerken will be available. The former Bristol City man was taken off in the first half of last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Burnley with a dead leg but the manager is confident the shot-stopper will recover in time for the clash. If Gerken is unable to play, Scott Loach is in contention to deputise and teenage goalkeeper Michael Crowe could come into the squad. McCarthy will monitor forward Daryl Murphy, who sustained a groin injury in training in midweek.

Burnley v QPR

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has no fresh injury or suspension concerns. Long-term absentee Ross Wallace remains sidelined with the knee injury that has kept him out since the middle of August. Full-back Kieran Trippier recovered from a knock in time to start in the 1-0 victory over Ipswich last time out and he is expected to keep his place in the side.

Andy Johnson could return to the QPR squad. Johnson has been out for a month due to a hamstring injury but proved his fitness with a run-out for the reserves in midweek. But fellow striker Bobby Zamora remains sidelined by a knee problem along with centre-half Nedum Onouha, who has a hamstring injury. United States defender Oguchi Onyewu could be added to the bench after joining Rangers as a free agent earlier this week.

Derby v Birmingham City

Derby will be able to call on Andre Wisdom. Wisdom, who can play at right-back or as a centre-half, joined the Rams this week on loan from Liverpool and could make his debut for the club. Defender Zak Whitbread was withdrawn with a calf complaint against Watford last weekend and is a doubt while striker Johnny Russell missed the 3-2 win at Vicarage Road with what turned out to be a fractured fibula and he will remain on the sidelines. Head coach Steve McClaren will continue to be without midfielders Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle).

Leicester v AFC Bournemouth

Leicester have no new problems. Only full-back Ritchie De Laet will be absent after undergoing surgery last week on an infected cut on his shin. The Belgian is expected to be out for between four and six weeks. Foxes academy graduate Liam Moore is expected to switch to right-back again as cover for De Laet, leaving Poland international Marcin Wasilewski to partner captain Wes Morgan in the centre of defence. Strikers Chris Wood and Gary Taylor-Fletcher have recovered from their hamstring injuries and will hope to force their way into Pearson's plans having been unused substitutes for the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium last weekend.

Bournemouth are set to hand goalkeeper Ryan Allsop a start. His recall comes after West Ham loanee Stephen Henderson was forced off just 13 minutes into the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest after dislocating his shoulder. That injury is set to sideline him for six months and the shotstopper has returned to Upton Park for treatment, meaning Allsop is on course to return to the starting line-up in his absence. Striker Brett Pitman staked his claim for a start with two goals in a midweek friendly with Reading while the likes of Eunan O'Kane, Shaun MacDonald, Wes Thomas and Miles Addison also got valuable game time and staked their claims to start.

Readng v Millwall

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy looks set to miss the visit of Millwall. McCarthy sat out last weekend's 4-1 win over Doncaster after hurting his knee in training and boss Nigel Adkins does not expect him to be fit in time, so Adam Federici is set to deputise again. Striker Billy Sharp is back in training after a groin injury but is not expected to be risked while winger Royston Drenthe and midfielder Danny Williams (both foot) remain sidelined along with long-term absentees Jem Karacan (cruciate), Jason Roberts (hip) and Mikele Leigertwood (ankle). Skipper Jobi McAnuff will be hoping for a recall after starting on the bench against Rovers.

Liam Feeney and Shaun Derry return to the Millwall squad. Winger Feeney has been recalled from his loan spell at Bolton to cover for injuries to Richard Chaplow (groin) and Lee Martin (hip). Midfielder Derry is also available after missing last weekend's 2-2 draw with QPR as he is on loan from Rangers. Mark Beevers remains sidelined with a knee injury and fellow defender Alan Dunne completes a two-match ban for his red card at Birmingham three weeks ago, meaning Dan Shittu and Paul Connolly continue at the back.

Yeovil Town v Nottingham Forest

Yeovil will be without new loan signing Fraser Fyvie. The Scottish midfielder, borrowed from Wigan, made his Glovers debut against Brighton but had to come off with a shoulder injury. Manager Gary Johnson expects him to be sidelined for two weeks which could open the door for Luke Ayling to return to the starting line-up. Johnson's side have not picked up three points since the opening day and it remains to be seen whether the former Bristol City manager will recall Paddy Madden and Sam Foley to his matchday squad after the pair were both left out against the Seagulls despite being available.

Eric Lichaj and Nathaniel Chalobah return from suspension for Nottingham Forest but Henri Lansbury is banned. Right-back Lichaj and on-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah both missed the 1-1 home draw with Bournemouth last weekend - Lichaj for amassing five yellow cards and Chalobah after he was sent off in the victory at Brighton prior to the international break. Lansbury scored Forest's goal against the Cherries but later received his fifth caution of the campaign so he will sit it out at Huish Park. Centre-half Danny Collins looks set to miss out after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Bournemouth so fit-again Kelvin Wilson, who replaced him in that match, is likely to make his first start since mid-September.


Charlton v Wigan

Charlton boss Chris Powell must decide whether to recall Johnnie Jackson and Yann Kermorgant. Skipper Jackson (groin) and striker Kermorgant (ankle) returned from their recent lay-offs as late substitutes against Blackburn last weekend. The key duo are now fully fit but Powell may want to stick with the starting line-up which secured a 1-0 win at Ewood Park to register their first away success this season. Defenders Leon Cort and Chris Solly remain on the sidelines with knee problems but Powell has no new injury concerns.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle is set to hand recalls to several regulars after shuffling his pack for Thursday's Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan. James McClean is likely to start after the Latics successfully appealed against his red card in last weekend's defeat at Blackpool, while James McArthur, Callum McManaman and James Perch should also return to the starting line-up. Shaun Maloney, who has not featured since September 14, is set to undergo a hip operation and will not play again this year.


Brighton v Watford (19:45)

Brighton's injury problems are mounting. Winger Kazenga LuaLua is the latest casualty after suffering a knee injury which requires surgery and will keep him out for up to eight weeks. He joins Liam Bridcutt (hernia), Andrea Orlandi, Will Hoskins (both knee), Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles), Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and Leonardo Ulloa (foot) in a crowded treatment room. Agustien, Bridcutt and Orlandi could be back early next month but Mackail-Smith and Ulloa are likely to be out until December and Hoskins is not expected to be available until spring at the earliest.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola will assess a trio of players before the game. Troy Deeney, Ikechi Anya and Almen Abdi are all battling to be fit for the Hornets who have lost two of their last three outings. Top scorer Deeney and Scotland international Anya are hopeful of recovering from calf problems that kept them out of the 3-2 defeat to Derby, while Abdi (foot) is back in training as he targets a first appearance since August. Defender Davide Faraoni returns from a one-match ban having picked up his fifth booking of the season during the 2-1 win at Huddersfield.

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