Crystal Palace v Cardiff City
Kagisho Dikgacoi is an injury doubt. The South Africa midfielder, who has scored in the Eagles' last two matches, went off with concussion during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest. Palace have signed former Cardiff defender Danny Gabbidon but he may not figure against his old club as he is building up his match fitness having not played a competitive match since February. However, another ex-Bluebirds defender, Darcy Blake, could be involved. Skipper Paddy McCarthy is still missing with the groin injury which has kept him out all season. On-loan Blackburn striker David Goodwillie is waiting to make his full Palace debut having sat on the bench against Forest.
Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard is expected to miss the trip to Crystal Palace. Maynard was stretchered off during the Bluebirds' 2-0 win at Millwall on Tuesday night after jarring his leg in the turf. He was seen by a specialist on Wednesday night and the club are awaiting scan results. Boss Malky Mackay could call on Craig Bellamy, who did not travel to Millwall as he is recovering from a calf tear. Matt Connolly is likely to keep his place alongside skipper Mark Hudson in the centre of Cardiff's defence due to the absence of Ben Turner, who is not yet fit. Turner is joined on the sidelines by Stephen McPhail (hamstring) and Rudy Gestede (knee) who look set to miss out through injury.
Derby County v Burnley
Derby boss Nigel Clough hopes to have Nathan Tyson available. Tyson will continue to be monitored after the forward missed the 3-2 home win over Charlton on Tuesday night with a throat infection. Teenage striker Mason Bennett returned to action on Wednesday as the Rams' Under-21 side beat Huddersfield 2-0. The 16-year-old has been absent recently because of a thigh strain. It is still too early for defender Mark O'Brien, though, who has resumed full training following a long-term knee injury. O'Brien and club captain Shaun Barker, who will miss the entire season due to a serious knee injury sustained towards the end of the last campaign, are Derby's only absentees.
Burnley have top scorer Charlie Austin back in contention for the trip to Derby. Austin hit a hat-trick last time out against Peterborough to move to seven goals from as many appearances this season, but he missed Wednesday's defeat to Leicester with a hip injury. The former Swindon man is progressing well and will be put through a late fitness test alongside centre-back Michael Duff (Achilles), although the latter remains a major doubt. Forward Danny Ings remains on the sidelines as he continues to recover from knee surgery.
Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic
Striker Paul Taylor is a huge doubt. The deadline-day signing sustained a nasty ankle injury during Wednesday's 2-0 home defeat to Wolves. The loss only increased the pressure on manager Paul Jewell as second-bottom Town continue to search for their first home league win of the season. Jewell is unlikely to have any other injury concerns but he has little room to reshuffle due to his threadbare squad, with only the likes of Scotland, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Andy Drury and Luke Hyam genuine options to come in.
Ricardo Fuller is in line to make his full Charlton debut at Ipswich. The Jamaican striker has made three lively substitute appearances since joining from Stoke last month and manager Chris Powell is considering throwing him in from the start. Powell is without defenders Rhoys Wiggins and Matt Taylor due to foot injuries while forward Jordan Cook has been ruled out with an eye problem. Veteran midfielder Andy Hughes is back in training after an Achilles injury but the Portman Road clash may come too soon. Attackers Danny Haynes and Scott Wagstaff played in a friendly match in midweek to build up their fitness following recent lay-offs but they are not ready to return to the first team.
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest
Leeds manager Neil Warnock is restricted in his choice of strikers for the home game with Nottingham Forest due to the continued absence of Ross McCormack. Fellow forward Luciano Becchio is also nursing an ankle injury after being forced out of the midweek defeat to Hull with half an hour remaining, but the Argentinian is expected to resume alongside El-Hadji Diouf, while veteran Andy Gray and teenager Dominic Poleon provide Warnock with alternative options. Midfield trio David Norris (thigh) and Paul Green (knee) are still working their way back from injury, while defender Adam Drury is doubtful after missing out against Hull with a muscle strain.
Nottingham Forest are hopeful Sam Hutchinson will be fit. Right-back Hutchinson, who is on loan at the City Ground from Chelsea, limped out of the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night just before half-time with a knee injury. The problem is not, however, thought to be too serious and although Hutchinson is to have a scan he could still feature at Elland Road. One player that manager Sean O'Driscoll will definitely be without, though, is Adlene Guedioura. Guedioura, Hutchinson's replacement against Palace, was sent off during the second half and the midfielder will begin a three-match suspension. Defender Brendan Moloney, midfielders Guy Moussi, James Coppinger and Radoslaw Majewski and striker Dexter Blackstock are among the options for O'Driscoll should he wish to make any changes to his starting line-up.
Millwall v Brighton and Hove Albion
Millwall will check on skipper Paul Robinson. The centre-half made his first appearance of the season following summer hernia surgery in the 4-1 defeat by Hull at the weekend, but suffered an ankle knock which kept him out of Tuesday's 2-0 loss against Cardiff. The Lions will be without young striker John Marquis, who has been ruled out for the rest of the year with a groin injury. Winger Liam Feeney is recovering from an ankle injury and is not expected back until November. Full-back Jack Smith remains a doubt with a thigh strain and midfielder Tamika Mkandawire will not be rushed back into action having recently recovered from a long-term knee injury.
Andrew Crofts is poised to rejoin the Brighton squad. The Wales international has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but is back in training and should be available in south London. Fellow midfielder Vicente is still training on his own following a tendon problem and is not expected back until after next weekend's visit of Birmingham. Striker Will Hoskins is the only other injury absentee as he continues his recovery from a broken foot. Winger Kazenga LuaLua will be hoping for a recall after missing the 1-0 win at Watford on Tuesday night. Craig Mackail-Smith continues up front after taking his goal tally to six in four matches against the Hornets.
Peterborough United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Peterborough had everyone training on Thursday. Grant McCann was thought to be nursing a calf injury following the 2-1 home defeat to Bristol City on Tuesday night but the Northern Ireland international was present along with fellow midfielder Danny Swanson, who has been struggling with a thigh problem. Tommy Rowe also trained following his long lay-off with a fractured collarbone sustained during pre-season but the defender is probably lacking fitness and is unlikely to be involved at the weekend. Boss Darren Ferguson made three changes - all in defence - for the game against Bristol City. Captain Gaby Zakuani and Kgosi Ntlhe were recalled following the 5-2 defeat at Burnley while summer signing Nathaniel Knight-Percival was handed his Championship debut.
Wolves boss Stale Solbakken may continue his rotation policy with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Tongo Doumbia and Slawomir Peszko all in line to return if the coach decides to shuffle his pack after the victory over Ipswich Town in midweek. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (knee) remains out until the end of October.
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers
Anthony Gardner is unlikely to be rushed back in time. Gardner, a free summer signing, has been sidelined for the last six matches due to a troublesome hamstring injury. Right-back Joe Mattock sits out a one-game ban following his dismissal against Huddersfield in midweek for two bookable offences. Defenders Miguel Llera and Daniel Jones, both unused substitutes on Wednesday night, provide alternative options. Another defender, Reda Johnson, is playing through the pain due to a foot problem, but is expected to continue. Spanish striker Rodri made way for Gary Madine in midweek, while Ross Barkley stepped into midfield in place of Rhys McCabe and Jones may switch things around again as his side chase their first win in four matches.
Jay Spearing is a major doubt. Spearing departed 17 minutes into Wanderers' third consecutive Championship defeat on the road at Birmingham in midweek due to a tight calf and, although there is no tear to the muscle, boss Owen Coyle accepts the on-loan Liverpool midfielder is unlikely to feature. Summer signing Keith Andrews came off the bench to replace Spearing and is favourite to start in his expected absence. Bolton have no other new injury concerns, while David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Josh Vela (all knee) remain long-term absentees.
Watford v Bristol City
Sean Murray could well come back into contention. The talented midfielder missed Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Brighton with a dead leg picked up last weekend at Bolton but his omission in midweek was more of a precaution. Defender Marco Cassetti was withdrawn at half-time against Brighton suffering with minor concussion and will be assessed. Striker Troy Deeney - back training with the club following his release from prison - defender Fitz Hall and midfielder Stephen McGinn all featured in a friendly against QPR on Wednesday afternoon but are unlikely to be ready in time for this weekend. Forward Alex Geijo has picked up a minor groin complaint and continues to miss out, along with captain John Eustace (back), Prince Buaben (thigh) and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia (groin).
Bristol City will be without Greg Cunningham and Cole Skuse after they both picked up ankle injuries against Peterborough on Tuesday. Defender Cunningham was stretchered off with suspected ligament damage following a tackle from striker Tyrone Barnett. Skuse received stud wounds when he clashed with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and will have to wait until Friday's scan to find out the extent of his injury. Right-back Mark Wilson has returned to fitness and could be named in manager Derek McInnes's matchday squad after missing his side's last two games through injury. Scotland defender Richard Foster is set to deputise should Wilson miss out again.
Birmingham City v Barnsley (17:20)
Birmingham face a selection poser at right-back. Paul Caddis, who has been impressive since arriving on loan on deadline day, dislocated his shoulder in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Bolton and has been ruled out for the immediate future. Club captain Stephen Carr is already sidelined for up to six months having been forced to undergo surgery on his troublesome knee. That means Curtis Davies could step in at right-back while midfielder Jonathan Spector could also drop back, promoting fit-again Keith Fahey off the bench and into the middle of the park. Midfielder Darren Ambrose (thigh) will again be assessed having missed the last three matches.
Barnsley's summer signing Toni Silva could make his first appearance for the club at Birmingham. The former Liverpool winger has been sidelined since arriving at Oakwell due to knee ligament damage. Another teenager, defender John Stones, has been ruled out due to an ankle injury and Craig Davies is nursing a groin strain, but should resume up front. Manager Keith Hill will be forced to reshuffle his defence and hinted at a place in his starting line-up for David Perkins, who replaced Stones at Ewood Park. Goalkeeper Luke Steele is back in contention for his first appearance of the season following a long-term groin/stomach problem and winger Matty Done (knee) is pushing for a recall. Bobby Hassell sits out the final game of his three-match ban, fellow defenders Jim McNulty and Rob Edwards (both hamstring), midfielder Jim O'Brien (dislocated shoulder) and striker Mido (ruptured hamstring) all remain long-term absentees.
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