Championship - Team News: Top scorer Martin banned for Derby

All the team news ahead of a busy weekend in the Championship as third-placed Derby entertain a struggling Millwall.

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All matches 1500 GMT (unless otherwise stated)

Barnsley v Nottingham Forest

Barnsley midfielder Jim O'Brien is expected to return after missing last week's 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield through illness. Norwegian striker Marcus Pedersen misses out after sustaining a knock on international duty, while Paddy McCourt (Northern Ireland) and Brek Shea (United States) are expected to return unscathed. Tomasz Cywka hopes to return to the squad after missing out last week, while fellow midfielder Martin Woods and defender Jean-Yves Mvoto are pushing for recalls.

Guy Moussi could come back into the reckoning for Forest after the midfielder missed out against Wigan last weekend through injury. A pelvic problem forced off Eric Lichaj in that game and the full-back looks likely to miss the next month, joining fellow defenders Kelvin Wilson (back) and Jack Hobbs (ankle) and midfielders Andy Reid (hernia), Henri Lansbury (back) and David Vaughan (knee) on the sidelines. Forest boss Billy Davies will begin a five-match touchline ban at Oakwell.

Birmingham v QPR

Birmingham left-back Mitch Hancox has been ruled out for at least six weeks with an ankle injury. Midfielder Brian Howard is also sidelined due to an ankle complaint of his own while Lee Novak (hamstring) and Albert Rusnak (groin) will both be assessed.

QPR will hand fitness checks to Niko Kranjcar (hamstring), Gary O'Neil (hip), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Armand Traore (both thigh) while midfielder Joey Barton is back from a two-game ban. Right-back Danny Simpson is still out with a back injury, although he is not far away, while top scorer Charlie Austin (shoulder) hopes to be back some time in April.

Blackpool v Bournemouth

Blackpool will again be without suspended full-back duo Jack Robinson and Tony McMahon. Tom Barkhuizen is back in full training following his broken collarbone, although he admits it is likely to be a number of weeks before he will come into first-team consideration. Goalkeeper Mark Halstead has played in two behind-closed-doors friendlies after a thigh problem but is not likely to displace Matt Gilks anyway.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will assess Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser following international duty. He may recall Eunan O'Kane after the midfielder's return from injury while Yann Kermorgant looks certain to keep his place after a hat-trick last week against Doncaster.

Brighton v Reading

Rohan Ince (ankle) and Andrea Orlandi (thigh) are injury doubts for Brighton. With fellow midfielder Andrew Crofts out for the season with a cruciate injury, boss Oscar Garcia is short of options in the centre and may hand a recall to Jake Forster-Caskey. Winger Will Buckley (hamstring) is fit but strikers Will Hoskins (knee) and Craig Mackail-Smith (groin) are still building up their fitness following long-term lay-offs.

Wayne Bridge and Sean Morrison (both knee) are unlikely to be risked by Reading, despite having returned to training. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (ankle), striker Jason Roberts (hip) and winger Jem Karacan (cruciate) remain on the sidelines so manager Nigel Adkins has an unchanged squad.

Derby v Millwall

Craig Bryson is ready to return to the Derby starting line-up after a thigh problem kept him out of the last home game against Bournemouth and limited him to a substitute appearance at Burnley last weekend. Top scorer Chris Martin will serve a one-match suspension following his red card against the Clarets so Conor Sammon looks favourite to step in for what would be only his second league start this season.

DJ Campbell should return to the Millwall squad after he missed last weekend's 1-0 home defeat to Brighton due to a bout of flu. Fellow striker Steve Morison dropped to the bench against the Seagulls as he has been carrying a slight groin injury so he will be checked over. Defender Mark Beevers is fit after a calf problem but midfielders Richard Chaplow (calf) and Nicky Bailey (back) are set to miss out again.

Doncaster v Huddersfield

Billy Sharp will come back into the Doncaster squad after serving a three-match ban but Bongani Khumalo will be sidelined for around six months. The South African ruptured his kneecap this week while on international duty. Midfielder Mark Duffy and defender Paul Quinn could also return following injuries.

Huddersfield striker Jon Stead could return to contention after he returned from his loan spell at Oldham. Leading goalscorer James Vaughan (calf) remains sidelined while defender Joel Lynch (groin) is in rehab. Midfielder Jonathan Hogg (calf) missed last week's 5-0 win against Barnsley and remains doubtful.

Leeds v Bolton

Leeds pair Ross McCormack and Rudy Austin are expected to start following international duty in midweek. Defender Marius Zaliukas, midfielder Alex Mowatt and on-loan goalkeeper Jack Butland also returned from international action injury-free.

Bolton midfielder Darren Pratley will definitely miss the rest of the season as he has had to have his shoulder restructured after a screw placed in there from a previous injury snapped off. Stuart Holden will learn next week if he is set for yet another lengthy spell on the sidelines after his knee problems resurfaced in a comeback match for the club's under-21 side on Monday. Top scorer Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) is back but will probably be on the bench against his former club.

Middlesbrough v Ipswich

Middlesbrough midfielder Dean Whitehead is suspended after being sent off for a second bookable offence during last weekend's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Central defender Jonathan Woodgate is also out after limping off at half-time at Hillsborough with a calf problem, while goalkeeper Tomas Mejias, who made his debut in the same game, will be missing for several weeks because of a hand injury sustained in training. Seb Hines (thigh) could also be sidelined for some time while fellow defender Kenneth Omeruo played for Nigeria against Mexico in Atlanta in midweek and faced a gruelling return trip from the United States.

Ipswich striker Frank Nouble has recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him off shortly after half-time in last weekend's 1-0 victory over Birmingham. Midfielder Luke Hyam (hamstring) is also fit while recent loan signing Jonny Williams has recovered from a muscle complaint which forced him out of a potential debut last weekend. Anthony Wordsworth (back) provides the only fresh injury concern while on-loan defender Frazer Richardson is ineligible to face his parent club.

Yeovil v Sheffield Wednesday

Kieffer Moore and Joe Ralls are both suspended for Yeovil after being sent off at Reading last weekend, but defender Byron Webster is available after the Glovers successfully appealed against

his ban. Captain Jamie McAllister looks to have overcome a calf problem which forced him off against the Royals while Ishmael Miller (hamstring) is set to replace Moore in the starting line-up. Liam Davis (toe) is expected to miss out once more but Joel Grant has recovered from his own toe injury and could be involved.

Wednesday defender Lewis Buxton is hoping to feature for the first time in three months after recovering from a groin injury. However, fellow defender Joe Mattock faces a long spell out after tearing a thigh muscle in last week's win against Middlesbrough. Midfielder Kieran Lee (hamstring), Jose Semedo (fractured fibula), Reda Johnson (hip), Martin Taylor (knee) and Kamil Zayatte (ankle) all remain sidelined.

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