Barnsley v Crystal Palace (all kick-offs 7.45pm unless stated)
Barnsley have been dealt another injury blow ahead of the home game against Crystal Palace with leading goalscorer Craig Davies sidelined for up to six weeks with hamstring trouble. Manager Keith Hill, already without first-choice central defenders Jim McNulty (hamstring) and Martin Cranie (ribs), is expected to recall Marlon Harewood to the starting line-up against Palace alongside Chris Dagnall. Hill will also monitor midfielder Stephen Dawson, who is struggling with illness and a knock, so Kelvin Etuhu and Bobby Hassell may come into contention. Defender Stephen Foster recovered from a back injury in time to play the full 90 minutes at the weekend and will resume in the back four, but midfielder Jim O'Brien (dislocated shoulder), plus summer signings Toni Silva (knee) and Mido (hamstring) are still unavailable.
Crystal Palace are without suspended duo Wilfried Zaha and Dean Moxey. The pair have both been hit by one-match bans following the weekend's 2-2 draw against Millwall. Darcy Blake is a doubt after being forced off with a second-half injury against Millwall. The defender will face a fitness test ahead of kick-off. Defender Paddy McCarthy remains unavailable with a groin injury that has prevented him making an appearance this season. Boss Dougie Freedman has no other injury worries as he looks to get the focus back on on-field events following Bolton's unsuccessful approach for the 38-year-old manager.
Bristol City v Burnley
Bristol City will be without a trio of players. Left-back Greg Cunningham's ruptured ankle tendon means he remains on the sidelines until late November while midfielders Marvin Elliott (hernia) and Neil Kilkenny (hamstring) will not feature. Joe Bryan recovered from concussion to be an unused substitute on Saturday while on-loan Middlesbrough defender Stephen McManus is expected to retain his place despite picking up a knock to his knee on his second debut at The Reebok Stadium, a performance that delighted manager Derek McInnes.
Danny Ings will continue to push for a first-team return for Burnley. Ings resumed to full training last week following cartilage surgery but the former Bournemouth forward failed to make caretaker manager Terry Pashley's squad for the 1-0 derby triumph over Blackpool at Turf Moor. David Edgar was an unused substitute at the weekend following his lengthy journey back from international duty with Canada last week.
Cardiff City v Watford
Cardiff striker Craig Bellamy is expected to return to action for the first time since early October after he recovered from a knee problem.The Welshman, who was not risked against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, will have a final check on his fitness ahead of kick-off. Manager Malky Mackay's options are also likely to be boosted with the return of midfielder Jordan Mutch against his former side. The 20-year-old has not played for the Bluebirds since the middle of September after suffering a foot injury in training but will have a fitness test before the meeting with a club where he spent half a season on loan two years ago. The Bluebirds have no new injury worries as they look to set a new club record, no Cardiff side has ever started a season with six consecutive home victories.
Watford are unable to welcome back any of their injured players. Skipper John Eustace remains on the sidelines with his long-term back problem and continues to be joined by defenders Piccoli Neuton (ankle) and Nyron Nosworthy (hamstring) as well as midfielders Prince Buaben (hamstring) and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin). Defender Joel Ekstrand, who has made one substitute appearance this season, is a doubt and will be assessed ahead of the clash in south Wales although he is unlikely to figure in any case.
Ipswich Town v Derby County
Paul Jewell has revealed he will remain as manager of Ipswich for the home clash with Derby. Jewell revealed he was considering his future at the Suffolk club after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hull left struggling Town winless in 10 games and still second-bottom in the table. But the Liverpudlian received the complete backing of owner Marcus Evans and his players, among many others, when weighing up his future and has opted to stay, although he acknowledges results must improve and quickly.
Derby boss Nigel Clough could welcome veteran defender Gareth Roberts back to his squad. The left-back was absent from the Rams' last two games due to a hamstring injury he picked up during County's game against Middlesbrough, but the former Wales international could return to the fold for the match at Portman Road. If Roberts is unable to recover in time, defender James O'Connor could keep his place in Derby's back four for the third successive game. The clash looks to have come too soon for Derby stopper Frank Fielding who is nursing a groin injury, while forward Jamie Ward remains a doubt as he continues to make his recovery from a hamstring problem.
Leeds United v Charlton Athletic
Leeds manager Neil Warnock has no major new selection worries. Midfielder Rudy Austin was withdrawn at half-time in Friday night's derby draw at Sheffield Wednesday following his midweek exertions with Jamaica and will be monitored, but Warnock has several options with David Norris (thigh) and Paul Green (knee) both back in the squad following long-term injury. Winger Ryan Hall, who joined Leeds on loan from Southend last week with a view to a permanent deal in January, is hoping to feature at some stage, while forwards Luke Varney and Andy Gray, plus defender Adam Drury are all pushing for recalls. Striker Ross McCormack remains sidelined with an ankle injury as Leeds chase a fourth straight home win and their fifth in seven matches.
Charlton are likely to be without Ricardo Fuller. The striker suffered a hamstring injury during the Addicks' 1-0 defeat to Barnsley and is a major doubt for the trip to Yorkshire. Fuller's injury meant Chris Powell's team played the last 10 minutes with a numerical disadvantage as all three substitutes had been used, but all the changes were tactical so the Addicks do not have any other new problems. They remain without Matt Taylor, who has a foot injury, but he could be back in contention at the weekend. But Yann Kermorgant and Rhoys Wiggins are more long-term absentees. Kermorgant is not expected back until the new year as he sits out with an ankle injury while Wiggins is expected back in the next month from his foot problem.
Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson will hand a late fitness test to striker Jamie Vardy. The centre-forward was only fit enough for the bench in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Birmingham after missing most of the week's training through illness. He will be assessed ahead of the game to see whether he is fit enough to start. Centre-back Zak Whitbread suffered from cramp towards the end of the game at St Andrews but is expected to be available for selection once more. Defender Sean St Ledger is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will not be involved but otherwise Pearson has a fully fit squad to pick from.
Brighton are without Andrea Orlandi. The Spanish midfielder is still sidelined with the calf injury ruled him out of the weekend's defeat against Middlesbrough. Forward Will Hoskins is back in training following a broken foot but will not be involved as he builds up match fitness with the development squad. Brighton have gone four games without a victory and have only found the net once during those games.
Middlesbrough v Hull City
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will make a late decision on central defender Jonathan Woodgate. The 32-year-old, who returned to action after a three-week lay-off with a hamstring injury in Saturday's 1-0 win at Brighton, is feeling the after-effects and will be assessed. Striker Luke Williams, who has a hip flexor problem, is in a similar position, but is unlikely to be risked for the game at the Riverside Stadium. Full-back Justin Hoyte and midfielder Merouane Zemmama (both hamstring) have returned to training, but are still some way off full match fitness, while midfielder Kevin Thomson is expected to be sidelined for two weeks by a calf injury. He joins strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Curtis Main and midfielder Muzzy Carayol (all knee), as well as defender Rhys Williams (ankle ligaments), on the sidelines.
Hull team news to follow...
Millwall v Birmingham City
Kenny Jackett is likely to welcome back Andy Keogh to the Millwall squad. Keogh missed the weekend draw with Crystal Palace after suffering concussion while on international duty with Ireland but is expected to be passed fit. But James Henry is not going to be risked. The winger was sidelined at the weekend with a tight hamstring and will be left out against Birmingham, but is expected to be fit by the weekend. Paul Robinson is the only other absentee for Jackett. The veteran defender is sidelined with a pelvic injury and is not expected to return to training for another six weeks.
Peter Lovenkrands has become the latest addition to Birmingham's injury troubles while Jonathan Spector also misses the trip through suspension. Lovenkrands scored the opener in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Leicester before being forced off shortly after the hour mark with what has been confirmed as a torn groin, ruling him out against the Lions and Saturday's trip to Leeds. Versatile midfielder Spector was given his marching orders in injury time for a second yellow card and now serves a one-match ban, while Morgaro Gomis, on the periphery of manager Lee Clark's plans, has also been struck down with a thigh problem. Nikola Zigic serves the second game of his three-match suspension, while Stephen Carr (knee), Paul Caddis (shoulder), Pablo Ibanez (broken toe), Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Ben Gordon (knee) all remain sidelined. One bright note for Blues is the inclusion of new signing Papa Bouba Diop in their travelling party after the former West Ham midfielder was deemed not yet ready to be included against the Foxes.
Peterborough United v Huddersfield Town
Tommy Rowe is rated 50/50 for Peterborough's home clash. Peter Grant and Dave Hibbert are Darren Ferguson's only other two absentees ahead of the game against Simon Grayson's men. Grant will undergo an operation for a knee injury this week, and is expected to spend an extended spell on the sidelines. Hibbert, meanwhile, is closing in on a first-team return after almost two years out of the game with a serious knee injury. Saido Berahino, Lee Tomlin, and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing are all poised for a place in Ferguson's starting line-up, should the Posh manager opt to make changes, as the Championship's bottom-placed side seek to record their first home league win of the season.
Adam Hammill is back in contention following injury. On-loan winger Hammill has recovered from a knee injury, but was ineligible to face parent club Wolves on Saturday as Huddersfield climbed to third with a 2-1 win. Defender Joel Lynch is expected to be named among the substitutes again after his run in the first team was recently curtailed by a three-game ban followed by a knee injury. The Wales international appeared for the final 10 minutes at the weekend and may play a bigger role at Peterborough. Striker Jermaine Beckford, who has scored twice in three games since joining back up with former Leeds boss Simon Grayson on loan from Leicester, is expected to resume his partnership with James Vaughan.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton Wanderers
Wolves welcome back skipper Karl Henry. Henry missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield - the club's second loss in three games - having served a one-match suspension after collecting five bookings this season. He is now likely to return straight into manager Stale Solbakken's starting XI in place of David Davis, although Dave Edwards is staking a claim of his own having been a positive half-time substitute for Davis at the weekend. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey returns to full training this week after his lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury, as does Georg Margreitter (hip). But Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf), Stephen Hunt (hip), George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) remain sidelined.
Bolton have no new injury worries but caretaker manager Jimmy Phillips will take a softly-softly approach with some members of his squad. Phillips led Wanderers to a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Bristol City at the weekend but could be preparing for his final game at the helm following news of an official approach for Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman. Knee injury victims Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela remain long-term absentees.
Blackpool v Nottingham Forest (8pm)
Ian Holloway faces selection problems in defence. Holloway's early-season pacesetters suffered a fourth defeat in five league outings against managerless Lancashire rivals Burnley on Saturday. They did so without the services of Craig Cathcart, who suffered a calf injury in the warm-up to force Ian Evatt into the starting line-up despite his own issues with a knee complaint. Kirk Broadfoot could come into the heart of the defence should Holloway opt not to risk Evatt, while veteran forward Kevin Phillips is set to be sidelined with a calf strain.
Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is available after serving a three-match ban. The return of the 26-year-old, who was sent off in controversial circumstances during Forest's match against Championship rivals Derby on September 30, provides competition for fellow strikers Billy Sharp, Simon Cox and Marcus Tudgay. Manager Sean O'Driscoll will be without midfielder Adlene Guedioura, who begins a two-match suspension following his sending off against Cardiff on Saturday. The game is expected to come too soon for Henri Lansbury, who is out with a hamstring injury, while Sam Hutchinson is likely to miss out with a knee injury. On-loan striker Sharp scored his first goal in a Forest shirt during Saturday's 3-1 victory over Cardiff and is expected to keep his place in Forest's strikeforce once again at Bloomfield Road.
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