Wolves v Bristol City
Stephen Ward will miss Wolves' crunch relegation clash with Bristol City through suspension. The left-back saw red in the latter stages of Wanderers' 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest last weekend and now serves a one-match ban at Molineux. Manager Dean Saunders made one change at the City Ground from the XI who finally secured his long-awaited first win in charge at Millwall, forward Bjorn Sigurdarson coming in for Jake Cassidy. It remains to be seen how the Welshman will line-up for such an important fixture against the Robins, with just a slender goal difference separating the Championship's two bottom sides, although the likes of Jack Robinson, Kevin Doyle and Tongo Doumbia will all be pushing for recalls. Winger Razak Boukari could make his return to action next month following a troublesome calf injury while George Elokobi (broken and dislocated ankle) could also play some part before the end of the season.
Bristol City striker Jon Stead is, meanwhile, extremely doubtful to face Wolves in the basement battle at Molineux. The in-form forward suffered a groin injury when challenging former team-mate Stephen McManus last weekend and he is highly unlikely to return to action against Dean Saunders' men. But with the exception of the former Blackburn striker, head coach Sean O'Driscoll has a lot more options for the trip as Louis Carey is back in full training and Paul Anderson has recovered from the bug that kept him out of the win over Middlesbrough.
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff
Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones will have to make one change to his squad for the home game against former club Cardiff. Jones has no new injury or suspension worries but striker Connor Wickham, who scored last weekend's winner at Leicester, has returned to parent club Sunderland so there could be a role for Gary Madine or Jermaine Johnson. Jones will still be without midfielder Giles Coke, who missed out last week due to a foot injury. Defender Reda Johnson returned to the starting line-up at Leicester, lasting an hour after missing the previous six games with a foot injury and he is expected to resume against Cardiff. Midfield pair Rhys McCabe and Jose Semedo are pushing for recalls as Wednesday look to increase the four-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
Cardiff though could be without both of their first-choice centre-backs as the Championship leaders look to get back to winning ways at Sheffield Wednesday. Captain Mark Hudson and regular central defensive partner Ben Turner are both doubts for the reunion with former Bluebirds boss Dave Jones at Hillsborough. Hudson had to be substituted in the 1-1 draw with Leicester on Tuesday with an ankle injury and is rated 'doubtful' while Turner also sustained an ankle problem in the build-up to the match and is said to be 'touch and go'. The off-form Bluebirds finished the match with Matthew Connolly and Ben Nugent in central defence and they could link up again with Kevin McNaughton replacing Connolly at right-back.Cardiff's lead at the top of the table has been cut to four points after just one win in their last five matches.
Barnsley v Watford
Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson could return to action against Watford at Oakwell. The Irishman has been sidelined since mid-January after damaging ankle ligaments, but returned to the squad as an unused substitute for the midweek win over Brighton and may be ready to end his 11-game absence. Manager David Flitcroft has no new injury or suspension worries, but faces several selection dilemmas. Jason Scotland was promoted to the starting line-up against Brighton and rewarded Flitcroft with his side's opening goal, while fellow striker Chris Dagnall stepped off the bench to convert the winning penalty. Midfielders Tomasz Cywka and Ryan Tunnicliffe, on loan from Manchester United, striker Marlon Harewood and defender Bobby Hassell are all pushing for recalls. The Reds clinched their first win in four league games on Tuesday night to climb out of the bottom three.
Watford, meanwhile, remain without Almen Abdi and Manuel Almunia for their trip to Barnsley but Nathaniel Chalobah and Fitz Hall return to provide a timely boost. Influential midfielder Abdi picked up a groin strain in the warm-up prior to last weekend's surprise 2-1 home defeat to Blackpool and will again miss out at Oakwell. Goalkeeper Almunia, meanwhile, has missed the last three games with his hamstring injury and continues to sit out ahead of the forthcoming international break. On-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah was also a big miss against the Seasiders last Saturday but he has shrugged off his hamstring problem and is set to go straight back into boss Gianfranco Zola's starting XI.Defender Fitz Hall is another player who has overcome a hamstring complaint but his lengthy spell on the sidelines means he is unlikely to be thrown immediately back in against Barnsley. Neuton (dislocated shoulder), Tommie Hoban (ankle) and John Eustace (back) continue to miss out.
Blackpool v Peterborough
Nathan Delfouneso and Ludo Sylvestre are pushing for starts when Blackpool entertain relegation-threatened Peterborough in the Championship. Defender Kirk Broadfoot is eager for Blackpool to build on their weekend success.
Peterborough, meanwhile, travel to Blackpool with an unchanged squad. That means on-loan trio Davide Petrucci (hamstring), Alex Pritchard (ankle) and Scott Wootton, who will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, and long-term absentee Peter Grant (knee) remain on the sidelines. Posh boss Darren Ferguson changed his starting line-up for the first time in four matches against Leeds in midweek, recalling Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Kane Ferdinand in midfield at the expense of Grant McCann and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Ferguson could revert back to naming the same team at Bloomfield Road but he has options should he wish to make changes again. The fit-again Kgosi Ntlhe, fellow defenders Craig Alcock and Shaun Brisley, midfielders Joe Newell, McCann and Mendez-Laing and striker Tyrone Barnett are all available for recalls.
Charlton v Millwall
Boss Chris Powell has drafted in Swansea midfielder Gower on a loan deal for the rest of the season, while striker Kermorgant has completed a three-match ban for his red card against Nottingham Forest last month. Defender Leon Cort will miss out again after tweaking his knee against Burnley a fortnight ago so Matt Taylor continues at centre-half. Midfielder Danny Hollands is the only other injury absentee with a fractured metatarsal. Teenage winger Callum Harriott will be hoping to keep his place after scoring the winner in the 1-0 victory at Huddersfield last weekend on what was only his second start for the Addicks.
FA Cup semi-finalists Millwall will, meanwhile, be without Mark Beevers through suspension when they make the short trip across south London to face Charlton. Defender Beevers collected his 10th yellow card of the season as the Lions set up a Wembley encounter against Wigan next month by beating Blackburn 1-0 in Wednesday night's replay. Beevers will serve a two-match ban so Karleigh Osborne could earn a recall at centre-half. Striker Jermaine Easter could make his debut after agreeing a loan switch from Crystal Palace until the end of the season, while Martyn Woolford will be back in the squad after he was cup-tied against Rovers. But fellow winger James Henry misses out again with a knee ligament injury.
Derby v Leicester
Derby hope to have leading scorer Jamie Ward and midfielder Craig Bryson available for Saturday evening's televised clash with East Midlands rivals Leicester at Pride Park. The duo have missed the Rams' last two matches after sustaining injuries during the 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace at the start of the month. Ward, who despite an injury-hit campaign has scored 11 goals this season, suffered a spasm in his hamstring while Bryson's problem was with a groin. Both players have made progress this week and have been pencilled in for a return to full training on Friday. Teenage midfielder Will Hughes (groin), right-back John Brayford (hamstring) and versatile defender James O'Connor (knee) are still not ready to return, although O'Connor is due to resume full training next week.
Leicester will, meanwhile, continue to monitor full-backs Paul Konchesky and Ritchie De Laet and midfielder Matty James ahead of the short trip to East Midlands rivals Derby. All three players missed the 1-1 draw with Championship leaders Cardiff in midweek. De Laet (ankle) joined the already sidelined Konchesky (hamstring) and James (knee) in the treatment room after he was carried off on a stretcher towards the end of Leicester's 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday. The fit-again Sean St Ledger played his first 90 in five months at right-back against Cardiff while striker Jeff Schlupp again deputised for Konchesky at left-back in the Welsh capital. Manager Nigel Pearson has options should he wish to make any changes to his starting line-up with defender Zak Whitbread, wingers Ben Marshall and Anthony Knockaert and strikers Jamie Vardy, Martyn Waghorn and Harry Kane all pushing for recalls.
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Koren was rested on Monday night in the win at Burnley, with Alex Bruce employed as a holding midfielder, but the Tigers manager may want to revert back to a more attacking formation at the KC Stadium. Bruce is expected to be without midfielder Corry Evans again as he sustained a thigh strain in the warm-up ahead of last week's defeat at Crystal Palace. Defender Abdoulaye Faye (calf) has shaken off his recent injury and is pushing for a recall, as is striker Jay Simpson. Sone Aluko and Matty Fryatt remain sidelined with Achilles tendon injuries.
Hull trail leaders Cardiff by four points in second place having won five of their last seven league games. Meanwhile, Dexter Blackstock is likely to miss Nottingham Forest's trip to Hull. Blackstock was forced off after 34 minutes of last Saturday's 3-1 home win over Wolves with a hamstring injury and he is a big doubt ahead of the game at the KC Stadium. Fellow strikers Billy Sharp (chest infection) and Darius Henderson (knee) were also struggling last weekend and boss Billy Davies will hope that they have improved over the course of this week. On-loan Norwich centre-half Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and fellow defender Dan Harding (calf) are both close to a return to the squad. Davies remains unbeaten since returning as manager last month, stringing together five straight wins after drawing his first game in charge.
Ipswich v Bolton
Frank Nouble will miss Ipswich's home clash against Bolton but Richard Stearman returns from suspension. Striker Nouble made his first start for Town in last weekend's goalless draw at Peterborough but has sustained a slight hamstring injury in training this week and will not be involved against Wanderers. Nouble came in at London Road for Michael Chopra, who will hope to have recovered from a dead leg to be involved. Defender Stearman is back having completed his one-match ban against Posh but winger Lee Martin serves the second game of his three-match suspension and continues to miss out. Skipper Carlos Edwards was deemed fit enough for a place on the bench against Peterborough following a groin injury and he will also be hoping for a starting berth.
Bolton, meanwhile, could welcome back goalkeeper Adam Bogdan when they travel to Ipswich in search of a sixth consecutive Championship win. Bogdan has missed Wanderers' last two matches with a groin injury but boss Dougie Freedman has revealed the Hungary international is back in training. A place on the bench may have to suffice, as former Preston and Leeds keeper Andy Lonergan has impressed with back-to-back clean sheets in the 1-0 home victories over Blackburn and Brighton. Keith Andrews (Achilles) and Tyrone Mears (blood infection) remain on the sidelines, while Mark Davies (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Leeds United v Huddersfield
Leeds pair Steve Morison and Tom Lees both face late fitness tests ahead of the derby clash with Huddersfield. Morison was replaced at half-time during the midweek draw with Peterborough due to a calf strain and defender Lees was forced off in the first half with a hip problem. Jason Pearce will continue alongside skipper Lee Peltier in central defence if Lees is ruled out. Striker Ross McCormack is also rated doubtful after taking a blow to his head on Tuesday night, while manager Neil Warnock revealed goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, midfield pair David Norris and Michael Tonge, plus defender Sam Byram are all nursing knocks. Striker El-Hadji Diouf impressed as a second-half substitute in midweek and is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up and midfielders Michael Brown and Rudy Austin also provide Warnock with alternative options. Leeds are bidding to kick-start their play-off challenge with victory after three straight draws.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield manager Mark Robins confirmed striker Jermaine Beckford will play no part in the derby clash at former club Leeds. Beckford, on a season-long loan from Leicester, has been sidelined since January with a hamstring injury and will not be included in Robins' plans. But fellow forward James Vaughan will return to contention after a two-game ban and Sean Scannell has an outside chance of returning to the squad after sitting out two matches due to a hamstring problem. Winger Danny Ward is pushing for his first start since January after recovering from a broken bone in his foot. He has stepped off the substitutes' bench in Huddersfield's previous two matches. Defender Calum Woods is also pushing for a recall after missing out recently with a hamstring strain, but midfielder Keith Southern remains sidelined with an Achilles injury.
Middlesbrough v Birmingham
Mowbray was without midfielder Grant Leadbitter and forward Sammy Ameobi through injury and Faris Haroun and Josh McEachran because of illness for last weekend's 2-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Bristol City. However, Leadbitter and Ameobi are both being assessed, while Haroun and McEachran are expected to return to the squad. Full-back George Friend limped out of the game at Ashton Gate with a hamstring injury, but it also being assessed for Saturday. Full-back Justin Hoyte (hip) and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (ankle) are back in training, but the game could come too soon for the latter, while defenders Andre Bikey and Stuart Parnaby (both hamstring) are still out and midfielder Julio Arca (toe) is unlikely to play again this season.
Wes Thomas and Nathan Redmond are, meanwhile, pushing for starting berths as Birmingham make the trip to Middlesbrough. The pair stepped off the bench with Blues 1-0 down at half-time at home to Derby last weekend and completely changed the course of the game. On-loan Thomas netted a brace, his first goals since joining from Bournemouth in January, either side of a first goal of the season for winger Redmond as Lee Clark's side triumphed 3-1. Skipper Steven Caldwell shrugged off his recent illness to return to the bench and the Scot will now be pushing for a starting place himself at the Riverside. Pablo Ibanez (groin) should return next week while fellow defender Mitch Hancox remains sidelined with a hamstring complaint alongside long-term absentees Marlon King, Stephen Carr, David Murphy and Will Packwood.