Crystal Palace v Millwall (1pm)
David Wright is back in Crystal Palace's squad for the Championship derby showdown with Millwall. The 32-year-old has been on loan at League Two high-flyers Gillingham for the past month but will now look to win back his place in the Eagles line-up. Fellow midfielder Jon Williams will definitely miss the clash after picking up a groin injury. The youngster suffered the setback just 10 minutes after coming off the bench in the 4-3 victory over Burnley and is likely to miss the next two games. Striker David Goodwillie has returned to Blackburn after cutting his loan spell short, with assistant boss Lennie Lawrence admitting the Scot struggled to settle in London. Defender Paddy McCarthy remains sidelined with a groin injury.
Shane Lowry is available again after suspension as Millwall make the short trip to meet rivals Crystal Palace. The midfielder picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 1-1 draw at Bristol City earlier this month and subsequently missed the 2-1 victory over Bolton last time out. Also back for the Lions is defender Karleigh Osborne, who has recovered from the calf injury that kept him out of the last three matches. Jimmy Abdou is expected to shake off an ankle knock but Andy Keogh will be checked over after suffering concussion. Experienced defender Paul Robinson continues to miss out with a pelvis injury. Millwall are unbeaten in their last four visits to Selhurst Park, having conceded just one goal in that run.
Birmingham v Leicester
Lee Clark has challenged his Birmingham side to kickstart their season over the coming week - in the same way Saturday's opponents Leicester have. Fourth-bottom Blues welcome the second-placed Foxes to St Andrew's this weekend before a trip to Millwall on Tuesday is followed by another tough away day at Leeds. Leicester were themselves enjoying mixed form until this time last month but have now transformed their fortunes, winning their last five Championship matches. Clark is boosted by new signing Papa Bouba Diop's availability for Saturday.
Jamie Vardy is a major doubt for Leicester ahead of their trip to midlands rivals Birmingham. The former Fleetwood forward has missed much of training this week through illness and is likely to be absent when the second-placed Foxes resume Championship action at St Andrew's. It means one of Martyn Waghorn, Marko Futacs or Jeff Schlupp could partner in-form David Nugent, who has scored five goals in his last seven games, in attack. It is highly likely that centre-half Sean St Ledger will be unavailable due to the hamstring injury that forced his recent withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad. Midfielders Andy King and Anthony Knockaert have returned from international duty unscathed. Paul Gallagher is back at the King Power Stadium following his month-long loan spell at Sheffield United and the forward is another option for manager Nigel Pearson, whose team have won their last five league matches.
Bolton v Bristol City
Academy goalkeeper Jay Lynch is set to take a place on the substitutes' bench when Bolton entertain Bristol City in the Championship. Summer signing Andy Lonergan, deputy to number one Adam Bogdan, is laid low with a knee injury that brings 19-year-old Lynch into the reckoning. Jimmy Phillips will take charge of the first match since Owen Coyle was sacked as manager at the start of last week, Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews, South Korea wideman Lee Chung-Yong and England Under-21 striker Marvin Sordell head the international contingent, while Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela (all knee) are the long-term absentees.
Stephen McManus is set to make his second Bristol City debut when they head to managerless Bolton. The 30-year-old defender joined the club on a three-month loan deal on Wednesday from Middlesbrough. McManus, who enjoyed a previous loan spell at Ashton Gate towards the end of last season, has only made one appearance for Boro this term. Fellow defender Joe Byran is expected to return after missing the Robins' last two games with concussion. The duo's return will be a huge boost for manager Derek McInnes who has been desperately short at the back in recent weeks. Midfielder Marvin Elliott faces a late check on a groin problem but could be named as a substitute. Left-back Greg Cunningham is still a couple of weeks away as he continues to recover from an ankle problem.
Brighton v Middlesbrough
Brighton will be boosted by the return of three players for the visit of Middlesbrough in the Championship. Striker Craig Mackail-Smith, midfielder Andrew Crofts and winger Will Buckley are all back in the frame after recovering from hamstring injuries. Will Hoskins (broken foot) is also back in training but the striker is not expected to figure this weekend. Spanish winger Vicente is nearing a return to action after a spell out with a thigh strain but boss Gus Poyet revealed he is not quite ready yet.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is, meanwhile, sweating on the fitness of a series of players ahead of Saturday's Championship trip to Brighton. Jonathan Woodgate (hamstring) and midfielder Adam Reach (ankle) are rated 50-50 to return to action, although Kevin Thomson (knee) and Stuart Parnaby (dislocated jaw) are expected to be available. However, striker Ishmael Miller could miss out once again with a hamstring injury, and full-back Justin Hoyte is sidelined by a similar problem. Former Coventry frontman Lukas Jutkiewicz is out for up to four weeks after suffering knee ligament damage, and midfielder Merouane Zemmama (hamstring) will be missing for a similar period. Long-term absentees Muzzy Carayol and Curtis Main (both knee) and Rhys Williams (ankle ligaments) will be out until the New Year, and central defender Stephen McManus has joined Bristol City on a three-month loan deal.
Chartlon v Barnsley
Johnnie Jackson is in line to return for Charlton after recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn at the end of September. Danny Green limped off at Blackpool with a dead leg but he too is back in contention, as is fellow winger Jordan Cook, who is fighting fit after a hamstring problem. Yann Kermorgant (ankle), Rhoys Wiggins and Matt Taylor (both foot) all miss out. But Barnsley's injury problems in defence show little sign of easing in time for the game at Charlton.
Tykes boss Keith Hill had hoped central defenders Jim McNulty (hamstring), Martin Cranie (ribs) and Stephen Foster (back) would all have returned to full fitness during the international break, but he could be without all three at The Valley. Foster has the best chance of featuring, but with Rob Edwards (Fleetwood) and Lee Collins (Shrewsbury) out on loan, Scott Wiseman is expected to stand in again at centre-half. Midfielder Jim O'Brien remains sidelined as he continues his rehabilitation after dislocating a shoulder in August and summer signings Toni Silva (knee) and Mido (hamstring) are still unavailable. The Tykes have taken only one point from their last three league matches since winning 5-0 at Birmingham last month.
Derby v Blackburn Rovers
Will Hughes has a good chance of being fit for Derby for their Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers this weekend. Hughes felt some discomfort in the back of his knee during the goalless draw against Brighton prior to the two-week international break and did not reappear for the second half of that game, but the 17-year-old midfielder trained on Wednesday. The Rams are hopeful that Gareth Roberts will also be available, but goalkeeper Frank Fielding and top scorer Jamie Ward look set to remain sidelined by injury. Roberts and Ward missed the visit of Brighton with hamstring problems while Fielding was ruled out of the fixture because of a groin complaint. Adam Legzdins came in for Fielding against Brighton and marked his first appearance of the season with a clean sheet while James O'Connor stepped in for Roberts at left-back. Theo Robinson has started the last two games in Ward's absence.
Blackburn are expecting to be without Simon Vukcevic and Fabio Nunes for the trip to Derby after the duo picked up injuries on international duty. Montenegro international Vukcevic returned to Rovers' Brockhall training base with a groin problem while winger Nunes suffered a hamstring strain when playing for Portugal Under-21s. Martin Olsson also suffered a mishap while representing his country, going down with food poisoning while away with Sweden, but the full-back is expected to be fit to face the rams. Striker Jordan Rhodes and defender Grant Hanley returned early from the Scotland set-up with respective ankle and groin injuries but are also set to feature. Markus Olsson (hamstring) remains on the sidelines.
Huddersfield v Wolves
Huddersfield defender Joel Lynch will miss the home clash with Wolves due to a shin injury. Lynch missed the win at Birmingham prior to the international break and before that sat out a three-game ban following his dismissal in the victory at Sheffield Wednesday last month. Oscar Gobern, yet to appear for Huddersfield in the league this season, will be sidelined for a further three months after having ankle surgery, but fellow midfielder Oliver Norwood is expected to resume in the starting line-up following international duty in midweek with Northern Ireland, who drew in Portugal. On-loan striker Jermaine Beckford is expected to resume his partnership up front with James Vaughan, who struck the winner at Birmingham despite being troubled recently by a groin strain. Grayson has no other new injury or suspension problems as his side chase their fifth win in seven league matches.
Skipper Karl Henry will miss Wolves' trip to Huddersfield through suspension. The midfielder was shown his fifth booking of the season in the 1-0 win at Blackburn - Wanderers' last game before the international break - and now serves an automatic one-match ban. Jermaine Pennant comes into contention for his debut following a three-month loan move from Stoke, with the winger brought in to help counter injuries to wide men Slawomir Peszko (knee), Razak Boukari (calf) and Stephen Hunt (hip). Striker Kevin Doyle trained on Thursday and will hope to be involved after a thigh injury forced him to miss the victory at Ewood Park as well as the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is closing in on a place in Wolves' matchday 18 having pretty much completed his lengthy rehabilitation from a knee injury, but George Elokobi (ankle), Jamie O'Hara (hernia) and Steven Mouyokolo (knee) remain long-term absentees.
Hull v Ipswich
Hull defenders James Chester and Joe Dudgeon are both expected to return to the squad for the home clash with Ipswich. Chester has been sidelined since the end of September with a hamstring injury, while Dudgeon missed the victory at Sheffield Wednesday last time out due to a knee problem, which also forced him to withdraw from the Northern Ireland squad this week. Another defender, Alex Bruce, is not expected to be involved. He too was denied a possible debut for Northern Ireland this week because of a groin strain. Midfielder Robert Koren (groin) was also absent against Sheffield Wednesday and is not ready to return, but midfielders Corry Evans and Ahmed Elmohamady, plus defender Paul McShane and goalkeeper Ben Amos all came through unscathed following international duty. The Tigers bounced back from three straight league defeats with victory at Sheffield Wednesday in their last match.
Nigel Reo-Coker and Stephen Henderson come into contention for their Ipswich debuts away at Hull. Midfielder Reo-Coker has been brought in on a short-term deal until January to try and help struggling Town climb the Championship table, while goalkeeper Henderson has arrived on a three-month loan deal from West Ham.Henderson's arrival takes Ipswich's number of loan players to eight and manager Paul Jewell has plenty to ponder ahead of the trip to the KC Stadium. Only five are allowed in any matchday 18, although Guirane N'Daw and Daryl Murphy are excluded as they are from overseas clubs. That means one of Henderson, DJ Campbell, Richie Wellens, Bilel Mohsni - also recent recruits - Danny Higginbotham and Massimo Luongo must be omitted. Striker Michael Chopra comes back into the frame after he was left out of the 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff last time out, with the game coming just days after he was one of nine people charged in connection with race-fixing by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). Full-back Elliott Hewitt is recovering from a bout of tonsillitis while striker Paul Taylor (foot) remains a long-term absentee.
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff
Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll has a handful of injury worries ahead of the game. A lack of match fitness means on-loan duo Jermaine Jenas and Sam Hutchinson may miss out, while Henri Lansbury also needs more training time. Lansbury, a £1million summer signing from Arsenal, is almost fit. Forest had hoped he would go away with the England Under-21s and feature in the European Championship play-off against Serbia, but the midfielder had to withdraw from Stuart Pearce's squad with injury and that makes him doubtful when Forest resume league action at the City Ground on Saturday. Strikers Simon Cox (Republic of Ireland) and Dexter Blackstock (Antigua and Barbuda) returned unscathed from international duty, but Blackstock is unavailable as he completes a three-match suspension. On-loan defender Daniel Ayala will continue to be monitored after a hamstring injury forced him off at half-time in the victory at Peterborough prior to the international break. Meanwhile, striker Marcus Tudgay is back in full training as he continues his recovery from a hernia operation.
Cardiff duo Jordon Mutch and Craig Bellamy may both be in line for a return when they travel to Nottingham Forest. Midfielder Mutch has missed the Bluebirds' last four league games with a foot injury he picked up in training. But the 20-year-old has now been given the all clear and could be named in Malky Mackay's starting XI. Bellamy has been struggling with a knee injury and Mackay admitted the Welsh forward is rated 50/50 for the trip. The former Liverpool man missed Cardiff's last league game against Ipswich and also withdrew from Wales' two recent World Cup qualifiers. Fellow attacker Tommy Smith is also available for selection again after recovering from a groin problem. Kim Bo-Kyung is also expected to travel despite picking up a minor niggle whilst on international duty with South Korea in Iran.
Watford v Peterborough
Watford will be without Piccoli Neuton for the visit of Peterborough while fellow centre-back Nyron Nosworthy will be assessed. Neuton started the club's 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, their last match before the international break, but has rolled his ankle in training and will miss out against bottom of the table Posh. Nosworthy, who has sat out of late with a hamstring injury, enjoyed a goalscoring comeback for Jamaica and his fitness will now be evaluated upon his return from his international exploits. Manager Gianfranco Zola has options in attack with Fernando Forestieri back after his one-match suspension, while Matej Vydra is also available having seen his red card against Boro rescinded upon appeal. However, skipper John Eustace (back) and fellow long-term absentee Prince Buaben (hamstring) remain sidelined.
On-loan striker Saido Berahino could be handed his first start for Peterborough against Watford. West Brom teenager Berahino has made two second half substitute appearances for Posh since his recent arrival at London Road on a three-month deal and boss Darren Ferguson insists the 19-year-old is closing in on a place in his starting XI. If Berahino is given his full debut it will be at the expense of either Emile Sinclair or Tyrone Barnett. Midfielder Grant McCann (knee) should be fit despite his recent withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad. Ferguson is expected to stick with the 3-5-2 formation that delivered victories at Hull and Barnsley in the last two away games.
Burnley v Blackpool (5.20pm)
Burnley defender David Edgar will be assessed ahead of the televised Lancashire derby with Blackpool. Edgar only returned from international duty with Canada and a succession of long-haul flights late on Thursday morning and caretaker manager Terry Pashley is cautious over his involvement. Danny Lafferty and Sam Vokes came back from spells with Northern Ireland and Wales unscathed, while Vokes' fellow forward Danny Ings has resumed full training following knee surgery this week and could play a part against the Seasiders.Despite looking after the Clarets squad on a caretaker basis following the departures of Owen Coyle and Brian Laws, Eddie Howe's exit has handed Pashley his maiden opportunity to take charge of a first team game.