All matches 3pm unless stated.
Blackpool have no new injury worries but they will be without their manager Paul Ince when they host Wigan in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. The Seasiders boss begins a five-game stadium ban for pushing a fourth official and using a series of expletives in a rant after he was sent to the stands during a 2-1 win over Bournemouth. Although Ince intends to watch the game live on Sky, he will not be allowed inside Bloomfield Road on the day of the match meaning Alex Rae and former manager Steve Thompson will take charge of the half-time team-talk. They will be without midfielder Barry Ferguson (ankle) for the next month and Bob Harris (shoulder) is also recovering from surgery so loanee Dan Gosling could make his full debut.
Wigan could welcome Marc-Antoine Fortune back for the short trip to Blackpool. The former West Brom striker sustained a hamstring injury in the defeat to Watford last month but is closing in on a return which would boost boss Owen Coyle's attacking options further given Grant Holt has now fully recovered from a knee problem. Winger Callum McManaman should return from the illness which forced him to miss out at Blackburn and Latics have no new injury worries, although midfield pair Roger Espinoza and Jean Beausejour made long trips to feature for Honduras and Chile in midweek. Coyle is still without goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi (shoulder), skipper Gary Caldwell (hip), centre-back Ivan Ramis (knee) and winger Shaun Maloney (back).
Barnsley v Middlesbrough
Barnsley will be without defender Peter Ramage for the home game with Middlesbrough, but Dale Jennings could return to contention. Ramage, on loan from Crystal Palace, faces several weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury in Barnsley's defeat at QPR in their last game. Bobby Hassell or Jean Yves Mvoto could return to the starting line-up in his place. Jennings has not featured for the Tykes since the end of September, while goalkeeper Luke Steele is still out with a back injury, so Jack Butland, on loan from Stoke, will continue in goal. Striker Marcus Pedersen could make his first start since the end of August after recovering from a foot problem.
Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate is hoping to return to Tony Mowbray's squad for the game at the bottom club. Woodgate missed Boro's first home league win of the season against Yeovil before the international break due to a calf injury but could be back in contention against the Tykes. Marvin Emnes is hoping to have finally shaken off a groin problem after being withdrawn during the second half on his return to the side against Yeovil. Jacob Butterfield is expected to start again against his former club, while boss Tony Mowbray is expecting defenders Justin Hoyte and Rhys Williams, midfielder Jozsef Varga and winger Albert Adomah to all return unscathed following international duty.
Blackburn's influential attacking duo Josh King and Jordan Rhodes are both set to overcome their respective injuries when Gary Bowyer's men host Charlton. Norway winger King (thigh) and Scotland international Rhodes (groin) were unavailable for their countries in midweek yet have been back training with Rovers along with Scott Dann (groin). Dann could assume the captain's armband once more as fellow centre-back Grant Hanley begins a three-game ban for his dismissal against Wigan while the clash is likely to come too soon for long-serving midfielder David Dunn (knee). Northern Ireland international Corry Evans will definitely miss out, though, as he awaits the results from a scan on an ankle injury he sustained on international duty yet midfielder Dickson Etuhu (knee) and striker DJ Campbell (ankle) are nearing returns.
Charlton could welcome back Johnnie Jackson and Yann Kermorgant for the match. Skipper Jackson has missed three matches with a groin problem and striker Kermorgant has been carrying an ankle injury for five weeks. They have edged closer to fitness over the international break, but manager Chris Powell is conscious that both players attempted comebacks from injuries earlier this season only to break down again. Powell has no new selection worries following their last outing, a 0-0 draw against Blackpool, but defenders Leon Cort and Chris Solly are still on the sidelines due to knee problems.
Bolton will have Andre Mortiz included in their squad as they look to continue their resurgence against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday. The Trotters finally recorded their first win of the season prior to the international break against Birmingham, which came on the back of two successive draws with Yeovil and Blackpool. That eased the pressure on Dougie Freedman somewhat, with his side now out of the bottom three, and Moritz (groin) gives him another option in midfield. Joe Riley, Marc Tierney, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden are all long-term injury absentees and it remains to be seen whether Freedman will recall the likes of Zat Knight, Chung-Yong Lee and Chris Eagles after they were all relegated to the bench in Bolton's last two games.
Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing Damian Martinez will be included in the squad. The 21-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper arrived on an initial month-long deal earlier this week and is expected to named on the substitutes' bench. Defender Reda Johnson is still struggling with the groin injury that forced him out of the home draw with Ipswich in the Owls' last outing, so Joe Mattock is on stand-by and could step in for his second start of the season. Striker Chris Maguire is in contention for his first start since mid-August following a toe injury, but midfielder David Prutton (ankle) is out for up to six weeks and skipper Anthony Gardner (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.
Mick McCarthy must decide whether to stick or twist ahead of Ipswich's home clash against Championship leaders Burnley. McCarthy, still considered among the bookies' favourites for the vacant Republic of Ireland post, has kept faith with an unchanged side for Town's previous four matches. Ipswich have been unbeaten over the last three of those, seeing off Brighton before drawing against Derby and Sheffield Wednesday. And, with no new injury or suspension problems expected, McCarthy must decide whether to keep faith or mix it up against the table-topping Clarets, with the likes of Carlos Edwards, Jay Tabb and Frank Nouble pushing for recalls.
Burnley's in-form strike pair Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are both expected to be fit for his side’s trip to Ipswich. The Championship's most deadly duo have struck 19 times this season to propel the Clarets to the division's summit yet Ings missed England Under-21s clash with Lithuania on Tuesday while Vokes has been nursing an ankle problem. Boss Sean Dyche confirmed the pair are likely to feature at Portman Road, though, with Ings back in training following a knock and Vokes having featured as a substitute for 20 minutes of Wales' 1-1 draw with Belgium in midweek. Dyche has welcomed the international break and the rest period has also allowed full-back Kieran Trippier to recover from a knock, leaving winger Ross Wallace (knee) as the only absentee.
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson could see his striking options boosted by the return of Chris Wood and Gary Taylor-Fletcher as the Foxes prepare for the visit of Huddersfield. Wood has recovered from a hamstring problem while summer signing Taylor-Fletcher has also resumed training following a minor injury. Republic of Ireland defender Sean St Ledger is nearing fitness after a knee injury while Kasper Schmeichel (Denmark), Wes Morgan (Jamaica), Andy King (Wales) and Marcin Wasilewski (Poland) have returned unscathed from international duty.
Huddersfield manager Mark Robins could have a full-strength squad to choose from against former club Leicester. Robins, who spent three seasons as a player with the Foxes, has no new injury or suspension worries and is expecting striker Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland) and on-loan Swansea defender Ashley Richards (Wales) to return from midweek international duty unscathed. Oliver Norwood, who missed Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying draw in Israel through suspension, is hoping to resume in midfield, while winger Danny Ward may retain his place after scoring in his first start in the home defeat to Watford before the international break. Teenage midfielder Duane Holmes is in contention for his first league start for the club.
Millwall v Queens Park Rangers
Millwall will check on Richard Chaplow and Scott McDonald ahead of the visit of QPR. Midfielder Chaplow (groin) and striker McDonald (knee) both missed the 5-2 defeat at Bournemouth before the international break but have since returned to training. Alan Dunne is suspended after his second red card of the season at Dean Court so Paul Connolly is set to deputise at right-back again, while centre-half Mark Beevers remains sidelined by a knee injury. The match sees Lions boss Steve Lomas come up against his old manager at West Ham, Harry Redknapp, for the first time.
QPR will be without Tom Carroll when they make the trip across London. The on-loan Tottenham midfielder suffered an ankle injury playing for England Under-21s earlier this week. Winger Matt Phillips could return after missing the last two matches with an arm injury. But boss Harry Redknapp is still without goalkeeper Julio Cesar (finger), defender Nedum Onouha (hamstring) and strikers Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson (both knee).
Nottingham Forest v AFC Bournemouth
Nottingham Forest will be without Eric Lichaj and Nathaniel Chalobah when they resume Championship action against Bournemouth at the City Ground. Right-back Lichaj, an ever present for Forest so far in the league, received his fifth yellow card of the season prior to the international break as the Reds won 3-1 at Brighton, which is likely to open the door for Gonzalo Jara Reyes to make his first league appearance of the campaign. On-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah is also banned after he was sent off in against Albion and Guy Moussi could be recalled to replace the England Under-21 international. Defender Kelvin Wilson is still rated as 'touch and go' to recover from the back injury he suffered against Middlesbrough last month so Danny Collins looks likely to keep his place in the team.
Welsh midfield duo Shaun MacDonald and Jack Collison look set to return to contention for Bournemouth. The pair were both missing from Chris Coleman's squad with knee injuries but they were reintroduced to training this week and could feature at the City Ground. Scotland Under-21 winger Ryan Fraser also pulled out of international duty and his hamstring issue will be assessed but defender Charlie Daniels is improving and top scorer Lewis Grabban (both heel) should be able to feature. Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan's quadriceps tear will keep him out for three or four weeks while long-term injury victims Joe Partington (leg) and Wes Fogden (hernia) are both close to returning to training.
Reading v Doncaster Rovers
Reading will run the rule over a host of players ahead of the visit of Doncaster. Midfielders Royston Drenthe and Danny Williams (both foot), winger Garath McCleary (knee) and striker Billy Sharp (groin) all missed the 2-1 defeat at Burnley before the international break. But they have had a fortnight to get over those niggles and manager Nigel Adkins is hoping to have at least a couple of them available for selection. But Mikele Leigertwood (ankle) and Jason Roberts (hip) are further away from returns while Jem Karacan has undergone surgery on his cruciate injury.
Doncaster resume Championship action at Reading without Federico Macheda, who has returned to parent club Manchester United for treatment on a hamstring problem. Summer signing Marc De Val marked his return from a three-month injury lay-off with a goal in a 45-minute run out for the reserves in midweek but Saturday will probably come too soon for the Spaniard to be involved. Fellow midfielder Jamie Forrester and left-back James Husband have been ruled out with torn quadriceps and a shoulder injury respectively. Theo Robinson (Jamaica), David Cotterill (Wales), Dean Furman and Bongani Khumalo (both South Africa) and Lee McCullough (Northern Ireland Under-21s) all returned unscathed from international duty.
Watford v Derby County
Troy Deeney is a doubt for Watford's home clash against Derby while Almen Abdi and Davide Faraoni definitely miss out. Six-goal leading scorer Deeney is struggling with a calf injury and faces a late fitness test ahead of the encounter at Vicarage Road as the Hornets get back into action following the international break. Abdi continues to sit out with the foot injury which has sidelined him since the end of August, while fellow midfielder Faraoni serves a one-match suspension having collected his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 win at Huddersfield last time out. Long-term absentees Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles) and Tommie Hoban (ankle) also remain unavailable although the former is closing in upon his return.
Will Hughes stands a good chance of being fit for Derby's trip to Watford. The highly-rated midfielder was forced to withdraw from the England Under-21 squad with a groin injury but after receiving treatment Hughes has trained this week and Steve McClaren is optimistic of having him available for his first away game since becoming the Rams' head coach. Fellow teenager Mason Bennett could start up front after impressing McClaren from the bench against Leeds a fortnight ago and following that up with further good performances for the England Under-19 side. Midfielders Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle) remain out injured.
Yeovil Town v Brighton and Hove Albion
Yeovil could hand new signing Fraser Fyvie his debut when they welcome Brighton to Huish Park. The 20-year-old midfielder arrived on loan from Wigan on Thursday and is available to line up against the Seagulls while striker Michael Ngoo has returned to Liverpool after his loan stay in Somerset. Wayne Hennessey, who shone for Wales in midweek, is set to continue in goal while Marek Stech continues his rehabilitation from a broken finger. Manager Gary Johnson will have to decide whether to reinstate full-back Luke Ayling who was surprisingly named on the bench at Middlesbrough last time out, while Sam Hoskins and Kevin Dawson are pushing for starts.
Leroy Lita could make his Brighton debut at Yeovil. Boss Oscar Garcia this week brought in the striker on a three-month loan from Swansea after an injury to top scorer Leonardo Ulloa (foot) added to the long-term absences of frontmen Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee). But Lita will be short of match fitness having not played a first-team match since April, so he may start on the bench with Ashley Barnes on his own in attack again. Andrea Orlandi is still sidelined by a knee injury and fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt is recovering from hernia surgery.