New Burnley loanee Michael Kightly is in line for a baptism of fire if he makes his debut against east Lancashire rivals Blackburn on Saturday. The Clarets swooped for the Stoke winger on transfer deadline day and he could slot straight into Sean Dyche's XI at Turf Moor for the derby contest. Dyche only has one injury worry to contend with - midfielder Ross Wallace is out until the new year due to a knee injury as he looks to guild Burnley to their first win over Rovers in 34 years. The side which started the 3-0 win against Derby before the international break is likely to be given the nod again at Turf Moor, with Kightly possibly displacing Keith Treacy or Scott Arfield in the only change.
Striker Jordan Rhodes has been fitted with a cast on his broken hand and will be available for Blackburn against Burnley. There is less good news elsewhere, though, with David Dunn - whose last-gasp goal against the Clarets at Ewood Park last year salvaged a point - out for the next couple of weeks due to a knee injury. Midfielder Lee Williamson and full-back Adam Henley will be in Gary Bowyer's squad but DJ Campbell, Paul Robinson, Dickson Etuhu and Ruben Rochina all miss out again.
Bolton will check on the fitness of South Korea's Chung-Yong Lee, Jamaica's Jermaine Beckford, Sierra Leone's Medo Kamara and Hungary's Adam Bogdan after the international break. Chris Eagles, who has not started since the opening game of the season due to an ankle injury, has been declared fully fit while defensive duo Marc Tierney and Tim Ream have been in training to give boss Dougie Freedman plenty of options. Freedman does, however, remain without Joe Riley, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden - the trio all long-term knee-injury victims.
Leeds manager Brian McDermott has a full-strength squad to choose from for his side's game at Bolton. Striker Ross McCormack, plus midfield pair Rudy Austin and Paul Green have returned from international duty unscathed and are expected to feature against Wanderers, who are chasing their first league win of the season. Teenage defender Sam Byram is edging closer to his first senior appearance since April having played 90 minutes in a midweek friendly, but is unlikely to feature. McDermott must decide whether to retain recent signing Scott Wootton alongside Jason Pearce in central defence or recall Tom Lees, while left-back Aidy White is hoping to return to the squad and El-Hadji Diouf is pushing for his first start of the season.
Charlton will add Cameron Stewart, Ben Alnwick and fit-again Chris Solly to their squad for the trip to Watford. Winger Stewart joined the Addicks on transfer deadline day on loan from Hull and goalkeeper Alnwick was snapped up on a free to provide competition for number one Ben Hamer. Right-back Solly has missed the last two matches with a knee injury but is now available. Solly could come in for Lawrie Wilson but otherwise boss Chris Powell is unlikely to make too many changes to the side which beat Leicester 2-1 at The Valley on their last outing before the international break.
Almen Abdi has been passed fit for Watford as they prepare to entertain Charlton. The talismanic midfielder was struggling with a slight foot injury in midweek but has recovered sufficiently to take his place against the Addicks. Each member of the Hornets' international contingent, including Scotland debutant Ikechi Anya, have returned to Vicarage Road unscathed and are in contention. However, defensive duo Nyron Nosworthy and Tommie Hoban, who are both yet to feature this season, remain absent for Gianfranco Zola's side.
Top-of-the-table Blackpool could give forward Thomas Ince his first start in over a month when they face Bournemouth. The Seasiders have shot to the summit virtually in spite of their highly-rated 21-year-old, whose only act since August 5 was to come off the bench and score the winner against Watford at Bloomfield Road. Ince has been struggling with a groin injury but should make his return. The Tangerines have centre-back Gary Mackenzie back in training while Northern Ireland international Craig Cathcart faces a late fitness test. Deadline-day recruits Bradley Orr, Nathan Tyson and Dutch winger Marvin Zeegelaar are all awaiting their debuts.
Bournemouth's new signing Tokelo Rantie has been granted a UK visa but the Cherries are unsure whether the South African will make his bow against Blackpool. Winger Matt Ritchie is "not too far away" according to Howe but the former Burnley boss has been keeping his cards close to his chest on his two other absentees. Josh McQuiod and Eunan O'Kane were both sidelined before the international break and Howe confirmed he is unsure whether they will be match fit for the clash with the unbeaten Tangerines.
Hayden Mullins will miss Birmingham's trip to high-flying QPR although the treatment room is clearing for boss Lee Clark. Versatile midfielder Mullins picked up a calf problem earlier this week in a behind-closed-doors clash against Manchester United. Clark has, however, been boosted by the return to full training of Nikola Zigic, David Murphy, Akwasi Asante and Koby Arthur, although none of the quartet are in contention to feature at Loftus Road. Right-back Neal Eardley has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, but deadline-day signing Paul Caddis goes into contention for his second debut for Blues.
Tom Carroll and Matt Phillips will be in the QPR squad to face the Blues. Midfielder Carroll joined Rangers on loan from Tottenham on deadline day while winger Phillips has recovered from the broken arm which has delayed his debut following his summer switch from Blackpool, and he will start on the bench. But boss Harry Redknapp says his other two deadline day signings, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar, are not fit enough to be considered with the latter carrying a groin niggle which will keep him out for a couple of weeks. Striker Andrew Johnson will also miss out against his old club due to a knee problem.
Simon Cox could return to the Nottingham Forest starting line-up against Barnsley at the City Ground. Cox, having only recently returned from an ankle injury that had kept him out for three weeks, was on the bench against Wigan prior to the international break. Boss Billy Davies, who will be absent from the touchline as he serves a one-match ban following a FA charge of improper conduct in relation to his side's defeat at the DW Stadium, will need to decide on a replacement for Adlene Guedioura after he left to join Crystal Palace last month. Simon Gillett, Guy Moussi, Chris Cohen, Greg Halford and Gonzalo Jara Reyes are all possible candidates to fill the void left by Guedioura's departure.
Barnsley's latest signing Peter Ramage is expected to make his debut for the club at Nottingham Forest. The former Newcastle and QPR defender joined on a season-long loan deal from Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day. But the Reds will be without striker Marcus Pedersen, who gashed his foot while playing for Norway in their midweek World Cup qualifying defeat to Switzerland, so Chris Dagnall is expected to return to the starting line-up alongside Craig Davies. Martin Cranie could return to contention after being sidelined since early August, but fellow defender Lewin Nyatanga is not fully match fit following a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Luke Steele is pushing for a recall.
Leicester will be without suspended midfielder Matty James when for their match against Wigan at the King Power Stadium. James will serve a one-match ban against the Latics after being sent off for two yellow card offences during the Foxes' defeat at Charlton prior to the international break. The only other absentee is expected to be Sean St Ledger as he continues to make progress in his recovery from a knee injury. Andy King, Kasper Schmeichel and Chris Wood have returned from international duty unscathed but captain Wes Morgan only got back from winning his first cap for Jamaica on Thursday so manager Nigel Pearson will have to decide if it is too late for him to be involved on Saturday. Midfielder Dean Hammond will hope to make his Leicester debut after joining the club from Southampton at the end of August.
Winger Callum McManaman is back from suspension for Wigan. The 22-year-old has missed the last three Latics games since being sent off moments after coming on as a substitute against Bournemouth last month. However, boss Owen Coyle is once more likely to be without striker Grant Holt, who has suffered a setback on his return from a knee injury. Centre-backs Ivan Ramis and Gary Caldwell are not expected to be back in first-team action until the end of October. Loanees Nick Powell and Ryan Shotton, borrowed from Manchester United and Stoke respectively on transfer deadline day, are in line to make their debuts with the former likely to slot into central midfield following James McCarthy's move to Everton.
Martyn Waghorn is in line for an immediate Millwall debut against Derby. Boss Steve Lomas has brought in the Leicester striker on loan due to an injury crisis in attack. Youngster John Marquis is the Lions' only other fit forward as Steve Morison is recovering from a hernia operation and Jermaine Easter, Andy Keogh and Scott McDonald are all carrying injuries. Lomas is also without suspended full-back Alan Dunne and has drafted in free agent Paul Connolly as cover, while midfielder Liam Trotter could start his first game of the season after a knee operation.
Derby will assess Jamie Ward before they travel down to Millwall. The hamstring trouble that hampered Ward's campaign last season remains an issue for the Rams, who try to manage the diminutive forward's workload accordingly. Striker Conor Sammon and midfielder Craig Bryson have also been away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland and Scotland respectively but both players are expected to be fit for Saturday's game against the Lions. Midfielder Jeff Hendrick has joined centre-halves Shaun Barker and Mark O'Brien on the injured list.
Wayne Bridge returns to the Reading squad for Sunday's visit of his former club Brighton. The ex-England left-back missed the 1-0 win at Yeovil a fortnight ago with a knee injury but resumed training on Wednesday. Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and striker Jason Roberts were also back on the training field this week after long-term injuries but are still some way from returning to the first team. Full-back Stephen Kelly is available again after missing out at Yeovil to attend the birth of his son, while Jobi McAnuff, Shaun Cummings, Garath McCleary, Chris Gunter, Hal Robson-Kanu and Kaspars Gorkss will be checked over having been on international duty this week.
Bruno returns to the Brighton squad for the trip to Reading. The Spanish right-back has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered at Leeds on the opening day of the season. Andrea Orlandi and Keith Andrews are also back to fitness having been restricted to substitute appearances against Millwall a fortnight ago but fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt is unlikely to be risked. Strikers Ashley Barnes, Craig Mackail-Smith and Will Hoskins remain on the sidelines, with boss Oscar Garcia hoping to secure a forward on loan to support top scorer Leo Ulloa.
Huddersfield's new loan signing Jazz Richards could make his debut for the club against Doncaster. The versatile Swansea defender, signed on a 93-day emergency loan deal on Wednesday, could step in as cover for the departed Jack Hunt and injured Calum Woods, who has missed the last two matches. Woods and midfielder Keith Southern (calf), who has yet to appear for Huddersfield this season, appeared for the development squad in midweek and could return to contention. Midfielder Oliver Norwood and striker Martin Paterson both returned from international duty with Northern Ireland unscathed, while forward Jon Stead is hoping to play a bigger role after starting on the bench in recent weeks.
There are no new problems for Doncaster boss Paul Dickov as Rovers prepare for their match against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield. Harry Forrester suffered a knock in training this week and missed a development squad game as a precaution but the midfielder is now back training. South Africa pair Bongani Khumalo and Dean Furman have returned from international duty unscathed. Theo Robinson, who has been away with Jamaica, will not train until Friday but he too is expected to be fit having not featured for his country. Midfielder Marc De Val Fernandez continues to recover from a torn medial ligament and centre-half Jamie McCombe is making good progress in his recovery from a back fracture.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is expected to be without Jozsef Varga for the trip to Ipswich. The 25-year-old sustained a hip injury whilst on international duty with Hungary and is rated as doubtful for the clash. Newcomers Jacob Butterfield and Kei Kamara are in contention to make their debuts for the club. While Butterfield could be named in Mowbray's starting XI, Kamara is likely to start on the bench following his return from international duty with Sierra Leone. Stuart Parnaby is carrying a knock and is expected to miss out, while fellow defender Frazer Richardson could return.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy will once again be without defender Tyrone Mings. It was hoped the 20-year-old would recover in time to play some part on Saturday but he remains sidelined with the knee ligament injury he picked up against Reading last month. Goalkeeper Dean Gerken made his first league start for the Tractor Boys in their last outing and he will be hoping to keep his place. Town boss McCarthy has no fresh injury or suspension concerns and could choose to name an unchanged side.
Sheffield Wednesday will be without captain Anthony Gardner for the clash with Yeovil.The former Tottenham defender is expected to be missing for five months after snapping his Achilles tendon in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, with the Owls hoping to sign Roger Johnson from Wolves to fill the void. Right-back Lewis Buxton could return to the side after recovering from the hamstring strain that kept him out at Boro, and on-loan West Ham defender Jordan Spence will be in contention after making his debut at the Riverside. Midfielder Kieran Lee (hip) and defender Joe Mattock (knee) are not ready to make their comebacks at this stage.
Yeovil remain without striker Paddy Madden for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday, despite the striker stepping up his comeback. The Republic of Ireland international is now running in training as he looks to recover from a knee problem sustained in the build-up to the Glovers' defeat to Reading but he seems unlikely to return for another two weeks. Marek Stech remains sidelined with a broken finger and is unlikely to return ahead of schedule and loanee Alan Tate returned to Swansea for treatment on a hamstring injury. Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine, back with the club for a second spell, started in the midweek 5-0 friendly win over Bournemouth and looks set to be involved at Hillsborough.
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