Championship - Team News: Paterson to keep place after cup hat-trick

All the teams ahead of the Championship fixtures this weekend.

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Championship - Team News: Paterson to keep place after cup hat-trick

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Jamie Paterson helped himself to a hat-trick as his side hit West Ham for five

All kick-offs 3pm (unless stated otherwise)

Bolton v Nottingham Forest

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman could stick with strike duo David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford for the clash with Nottingham Forest.

Ngog and Beckford played up from together for the first time in over two months in last weekend's 2-1 FA Cup victory over Blackpool and, after seeing them both get on the scoresheet, Freedman could keep faith with the pair.

Defenders David Wheater (knee), Marc Tierney (foot) and Tyrone Mears remain sidelined so the manager is expected to name an unchanged back-four.

Freedman has plenty of midfield options should he wish to make any changes, with Darren Pratley, Josh Vela and Lee Chung-Yong all in contention to play some part.

Nottingham Forest will check on Eric Lichaj ahead of the trip to Bolton. Lichaj faces a race against time to be fit after the American full-back suffered a knock during the 5-0 thrashing of West Ham in the FA Cup last Sunday.

Jamie Paterson will be aiming to keep his place in the starting line-up after his hat-trick against the Hammers while Greg Halford may again lead the line for Billy Davies' team as Darius Henderson is set to miss out through injury.

David Vaughan's thigh problem looks likely to keep the on-loan Sunderland midfielder out while defenders Danny Collins (ankle) and Kelvin Wilson (back) are not yet ready to return.

Blackburn v Doncaster

David Dunn is expected to return to the squad for the Sky Bet Championship clash against Doncaster. Boss Gary Bowyer revealed the central midfielder had trained with the club all week after missing Rovers' most recent four games because of a hamstring problem.

Full-back Todd Kane is still considered at least a week away from his comeback from a thigh problem while ankle-injury victim Corry Evans only had his first full training session this week and would be a surprise inclusion.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson is expected to keep his place after coming through his first start in over a year unscathed against Manchester City in the FA Cup but midfielder Dickson Etuhu (ankle) remains absent.

Abdoulaye Meite is in contention to make his Doncaster debut at Blackburn. The 33-year-old centre-back has signed a deal until the end of the season following a successful trial period, but he is likely to start on the bench if Bongani Khumalo can recover from the knee injury that kept him out of the festive fixtures.

James Husband is breathing down the neck of on-loan left-back Enda Stevens after making an impressive return from a shoulder injury for the reserves in midweek, and midfielder Richie Wellens is available again after agreeing an 18-month contract extension.

The fit-again James Coppinger (heel) will battle it out with Mark Duffy and David Cotterill for the wide roles. Fellow midfielder Paul Keegan (hamstring) has resumed training but remains sidelined.

Blackpool v Middlesbrough

Paul Ince will have a limited squad to choose from once again as Blackpool look to exit their slump against Middlesbrough.

The Seasiders boss has so far been left frustrated in his bid to bring in new loanees after five players - Dan Gosling, Bradley Orr, Tyler Blackett, Nathan Delfouneso and Marvin Zeelegaar - returned to their respective parent clubs.

Defender Kirk Broadfoot will complete his four-match ban , which was given to him after he was sent off for the second time this season against Leeds on Boxing Day.

Isaiah Osbourne is still out with a hamstring injury while fellow midfielder Bobby Grant will be missing again because of a foot problem. Striker Michael Chopra is unlikely to feature after the club fined him for a Twitter outburst this week as Blackpool bid to end a run of seven defeats in their last eight.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is expected to have Jonathan Woodgate available for the trip to Blackpool.

The 33-year-old has missed the last three matches with a thigh strain but he has made good progress in his recovery and could return to action against the Tangerines.

Goalkeeper Shay Given is back in contention after he was ineligible to play in the FA Cup last time out, while defender Kenneth Omeruo, who joined on loan from Chelsea earlier in the week, could make his debut.

Kei Kamara (knee) is unlikely to return at this stage, while Jason Steele (ankle) is definitely out.

Brighton v Birmingham

Boss Oscar Garcia has brought in the striker on a three-month loan from Tottenham with Ashley Barnes close to joining Burnley and Leroy Lita back at Swansea after his loan deal expired.

Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, defender Matt Upson and midfielder Liam Bridcutt rested minor knocks as the Seagulls beat Reading in the FA Cup last week and should be available, although the latter's participation may be in doubt after he had a transfer request turned down.

Full-back Bruno (calf) needs a fitness check while winger Will Buckley (hamstring) and strikers Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) remain sidelined.

The left-back has been sidelined since early December having sustained a knee injury but returns to the fold for the clash on the south coast.

Boss Lee Clark will, however, be without fellow defenders Kyle Bartley (hamstring) and Dan Burn, who has been recalled by parent club Fulham.

On-loan strikers Jesse Lingard and Aaron Mclean have since returned to Manchester United and Hull respectively, while long-term absentees David Murphy, Matt Green, Neal Eardley (all knee), Jonathan Spector (thigh) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) all remain sidelined.

Charlton v Barnsley

Swedish midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic could be in the Charlton squad for the visit of Burnley.

Ajdarevic has agreed a six-month loan deal from Standard Liege, becoming the Addicks' first new signing since Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet completed his takeover of the club.

Striker Marvin Sordell is out with a hamstring injury while full-back Lawrie Wilson was also feeling his hamstring when he was substituted against Ipswich last time out, so he will be checked over.

Goalkeeper Ben Hamer (ankle) will be on the bench again with Ben Alnwick keeping his place while centre-half Leon Cort is still out with a knee injury, although he has begun running.

McLaughlin, 19, joined on a month-long deal this week from Liverpool and could start at right-back, while another recent recruit, Brek Shea from Stoke, is likely to return to the starting line-up after he was refused to permission to play in last week's FA Cup defeat.

Manager Danny Wilson has no new injury or suspension worries, but defender Bobby Hassell (calf) remains a major doubt.

Striker Marcus Pedersen, winger Paddy McCourt, plus defender Lewin Nyatanga and Kelvin Etuhu are all in contention as the Reds chase only their second away win of the season.

Huddersfield v Millwall

Huddersfield pair James Vaughan and Joel Lynch remain major doubts for the home clash with Millwall.

Leading goalscorer Vaughan has been sidelined for the last four games due to a knee injury and although he has returned to light training is not expected to be ready for the weekend, while centre-back Lynch is struggling with a hip problem.

Boss Mark Robins has no new selection issues following last week's FA Cup win at Grimsby, where winger Danny Ward resumed in a central role alongside Martin Paterson.

Spanish striker Cristian Lopez made another appearance off the bench last week and is hoping to feature again, but skipper Peter Clarke (knee) remains sidelined.

New Millwall boss Ian Holloway has already picked his team for his first game in charge, the trip to Huddersfield.

Holloway said he will make two changes from the side which started the FA Cup defeat at Southend last Saturday, one of which is enforced as striker Jermaine Easter is suspended for his red card at Roots Hall.

Scott McDonald could replace Easter against his old club while the other change may see a return at the back for captain Paul Robinson, who is back in training after a thigh problem.

Midfielder Liam Trotter is also close to returning from a knee injury but full-back Scott Malone (ribs) and winger Liam Feeney (hamstring) look set to miss out again.

Ipswich v QPR

Ipswich will assess Daryl Murphy and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake ahead of the visit of fellow promotion-chasers QPR.

Murphy missed last weekend's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Preston due to a thigh injury while fellow striker Ebanks-Blake was forced off just half an hour into his Town debut nursing a hamstring problem.

Boss Mick McCarthy made a total of seven changes for the cup tie as he looked to give some players a rest but he will return to his strongest possible XI against the R's.

The Suffolk club are looking to extend a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Rob Green, Richard Dunne and Niko Kranjcar are set to return to the QPR starting line-up at Ipswich. Goalkeeper Green and centre-half Dunne were rested as Rangers bowed out of the FA Cup 4-0 at Everton last weekend, while midfielder Kranjcar came on as a half-time substitute.

Winger Junior Hoilett remains a doubt with the hamstring problem which kept him out at Goodison and midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is out long term with a cruciate injury. Young striker Tom Hitchcock has joined Rotherham on loan.

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds (kick-off 12:15)

Sheffield Wednesday forward Caolan Lavery could be included in the matchday squad when the Owls take on Leeds.

Lavery was recalled from his loan spell at Plymouth in midweek and he could be named in caretaker boss Stuart Gray's squad as Wednesday bid to extend their unbeaten league run to four matches.

On-loan striker Connor Wickham is likely to return after being refused permission to play in last week's FA Cup draw at Macclesfield.

But winger Michail Antonio, midfielder Giles Coke (hamstring) plus defenders Lewis Buxton (groin), Kamil Zayatte, Martin Taylor (both ankle) and Anthony Gardner (Achilles) are all ruled out.

Leeds' new signings Cameron Stewart and Jimmy Kebe could both make their debuts for the club.

Stewart arrived at Elland Road, initially on loan, from Hull on Thursday while fellow winger Kebe completed his loan move until the end of the season from Crystal Palace on Friday. Both are expected to be included in boss Brian McDermott's squad.

Teenage midfielder Alex Mowatt, who recently required an injection in his back, missed last week's FA Cup defeat at Rochdale and could be back in the squad.

Another teenager, winger Gboly Ariyibi, midfielders Michael Brown and Michael Tonge and defender Tom Lees are all in contention.

Watford v Reading

Fernando Forestieri and Daniel Pudil return to the Watford squad ahead of their home clash against Reading.

Striker Forestieri and wing-back Pudil have been sidelined with respective knee and hamstring injuries of late.

However, it is not all good news for manager Giuseppe Sannino with Marco Cassetti having joined the club's lengthy list of absentees which includes Ikechi Anya (groin), Almen Abdi (foot), Davide Faraoni, Essaid Belkalem and Tommie Hoban (all ankle).

Alexander Merkel has been granted international clearance and is available to make his Hornets debut but fellow new signing Mathias Ranegie is lacking match fitness.

Jobi McAnuff could make a return to the Reading squad for the trip to his old club Watford.

Winger McAnuff has missed the last two matches with a foot problem, but of all the Royals' injured players he is the closest to returning to action having resumed training this week.

Boss Nigel Adkins can also add defender Michael Hector to his squad after he returned from a successful loan spell in the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen.

But Nick Blackman picked up a knock against Brighton last weekend and is set to join Wayne Bridge, Sean Morrison (both knee), Chris Baird (ankle), Hal Robson-Kanu (calf), Mikele Leigertwood (ankle), Jason Roberts (hip) and Jem Karacan (cruciate) on the sidelines.

Wigan v Bournemouth

Nick Powell is doubtful for Wigan's home clash with Bournemouth at the DW Stadium.

The on-loan Manchester United forward missed the FA Cup draw with MK Dons because of a tight hamstring but trained on Thursday and Friday.

Both Scott Carson (thigh) and Lee Nicholls are out injured so Mike Pollitt will back up Ali Al-Habsi again.

The likes of Ben Watson (foot), Gary Caldwell (hip) and Shaun Maloney (shoulder) are still missing.

Bournemouth Eddie Howe hopes to have Steve Cook in contention for the trip to Wigan. The experienced defender missed the festive fixtures after sustaining a small hamstring tear and the former Burnley boss is hopeful he will be able to train ahead of the Championship clash with the Latics.

Winger Mohamed Coulibaly could finally be close to a return to action after recovering from Achilles and calf problems but this match looks to have come too soon for the summer signing from Grasshoppers. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Lee Camp looks to make his first start since the former loanee agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Cherries last week.

Yeovil v Burnley

Yeovil will assess defender Byron Webster's hamstring injury ahead of their clash with Burnley at Huish Park. The centre-back lasted less than an hour of their comfortable FA Cup win over Leyton Orient last weekend before being withdrawn as a precaution and manager Gary Johnson says they will check on him before deciding if he can face the Clarets.

Defender Matteo Lanzoni joined the Glovers last week following his departure from Oldham. And having been cup-tied against Russell Slade's men he is now available to make his Yeovil bow if selected.

Meanwhile Johnson confirmed that Ed Upson came through his return to action as a substitute unscathed. The former Ipswich trainee had a successful injection to treat an ankle injury.

New signing Ashley Barnes will be in the Burnley squad.

The Clarets, still residing in the Sky Bet Championship's top two, bolstered their attacking options on Friday with the signing of Brighton forward Barnes although he is likely to settle for a place on the bench with the 31-goal partnership of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings hard to break up.

Centre-back Michael Duff is expected to come back into the reckoning after he was rested in the FA Cup defeat at Southampton last weekend.

Boss Sean Dyche was without full-back Ben Mee (thigh) and winger Michael Kightly (knee) for that match and both are doubtful again, while midfielder Ross Wallace (knee) is not ready to return just yet despite playing 75 minutes for the development squad on Thursday.

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