Championship - Team news: Abdi misses Watford clash

Team news ahead of Tuesday night's Championship matches, with Almen Abdi continuing to miss out for Watford.

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Championship - Team news: Abdi misses Watford clash
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Almen Abdi of Watford

Barnsley v Reading         

Barnsley will be without on-loan defender Peter Ramage against Bournemouth due to a back injury. Ramage, on loan from Crystal Palace, sustained the injury during the warm-up before Saturday's defeat at Leicester, so replacement Tom Kennedy is expected to continue and should return to the starting line-up. Under-pressure boss David Flitcroft made six changes for the weekend defeat at Leicester, handing on-loan pair Jack Butland and David Fox their debuts. Stoke goalkeeper Butland stepped in for Luke Steele (back) and Fox started in place of skipper Stephen Dawson in central midfield. Striker Marcus Pedersen (foot) remains sidelined after missing the last four matches.

Jobi McAnuff and Nick Blackman could return for Reading's trip to Barnsley. Winger McAnuff has not played since mid-August due to an ankle injury and striker Blackman missed Saturday's win over Birmingham with a swollen knee, but boss Nigel Adkins hopes to have both available. Garath McCleary took a whack on the ankle which forced him off against the Blues and will be checked over while fellow midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu also limped off, but that was only cramp. Danny Williams and Royston Drenthe (both foot) are likely to miss out again along with long-term absentees Jem Karacan (knee), Mikele Leigertwood (ankle) and Jason Roberts (hip).

Birmingham City v Millwall          

Wade Elliott is a doubt for Birmingham's home clash against Millwall due to a calf problem. The midfielder was unavailable for last Wednesday's impressive Capital One Cup victory over Swansea due to injury but returned as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Reading. Nikola Zigic featured for this first time this season at the Madejski Stadium having fully recovered from a back injury and he will again look to be involved. Strikers Akwasi Asante (hamstring) and Lee Novak (dead leg) as well as midfielder Hayden Mullins (calf) continue to be assessed but long-term absentee Neal Eardley (knee) definitely misses out.

Millwall can welcome back Shane Lowry and Steve Morison when they head to Birmingham. Defender Lowry has completed a three-match ban after he was sent off in the 5-1 defeat by Derby a fortnight ago. Scott Malone has deputised at left-back and his impressive performances, including a goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Leeds, could see him keep his place but Lowry can also operate at centre-half, where the Lions are without Mark Beevers for a couple of months due to knee ligament damage. Striker Morison was ineligible to face Leeds under the terms of his loan deal from Elland Road and could go straight into the starting line-up as Scott McDonald has a knee problem.

Blackburn Rovers v Watford       

Blackburn midfielders Ben Marshall and Alan Judge will return to Gary Bowyer's squad ahead of Watford's trip to Ewood Park. The duo missed Saturday's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth but they are both in contention to feature against the Hornets. This game looks to have come too soon for David Dunn (knee) and DJ Campbell (ankle), while Ruben Rochina (shoulder) is definitely out. Striker Leon Best is expected to keep his place in Rovers' attacking line after scoring on his return to Bowyer's starting XI at the weekend.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola boasts an unchanged squad for the trip to Blackburn. Almen Abdi misses a sixth successive match due to his troublesome foot injury, with the midfielder having last featured in the Hornets' 1-0 defeat at Blackpool at the end of August. Long-term absentees Nyron Nosworthy (Achilles) and Tommie Hoban (ankle) remain the only other players to sit out. Cristian Battocchio could well have played his way into contention for a starting berth having stepped off the bench as a second-half substitute to net the late winner which sealed Saturday's 1-0 victory over Wigan.

Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers  

Blackpool boss Paul Ince will be without midfielder Angel Martinez for the clash with Bolton. The former Espanyol man will serve a one-match ban after he picked up two yellow cards in the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Midfielder Barry Ferguson missed Friday's match with an ankle injury and he looks set to be sidelined once again on Tuesday. The Seasiders remain without defender Bob Harris (shoulder) but Ince has no fresh injury concerns as he looks to end his side's three-match winless run.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman will be without defender Marc Tierney for the trip to Blackpool. The 28-year-old had to be helped off the pitch in the second half of Saturday's draw with Yeovil after sustaining a fractured foot and he looks set to be sidelined for the next few weeks. Freedman is hopeful on-loan Cardiff defender Kevin McNaughton will receive international clearance in time to play some part, while fellow newcomer Neil Danns could make his debut. Meanwhile Craig Davies (toe), Andre Moritz (groin) and Joe Riley, Mark Davies and Stuart Holden (all knee) remain sidelined.

Brighton and Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday           

Brighton's top scorer Leonardo Ulloa returns from a three-match ban for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday. The Argentinian, who was sent off at Reading a fortnight ago, will go straight into the starting line-up with fellow strikers Craig Mackail-Smith (Achilles) and Will Hoskins (knee) still injured. Boss Oscar Garcia is also light in midfield with Kemy Agustien (hamstring) and Liam Bridcutt (hernia) doubtful and Andrea Orlandi (knee) out. Fit-again right-back Bruno (hamstring) was drafted into the midfield at Ipswich on Saturday and could keep his place while winger Kazenga LuaLua, who was a substitute in the 2-0 defeat to rest a knee injury, is set to start against the Owls.

On-loan Hull striker Matty Fryatt is expected to make his first start for Sheffield Wednesday at Brighton. Fryatt stepped off the substitutes' bench in the weekend defeat to Doncaster after joining the club on Friday and boss Dave Jones has hinted the former Leicester forward could be in his starting XI. Right-back Jordan Spence has returned to parent club West Ham following the end of his loan spell, so Liam Palmer is likely to drop back to fill the gap. Another right-back, Lewis Buxton (knee), has returned to training following injury, but is likely to start on the bench and striker Chris Maguire (toe) is also hoping to return to contention. Skipper Anthony Gardner (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee.

Charlton Athletic v Nottingham Forest  

Charlton manager Chris Powell admits his squad is being stretched to the limit by injuries. The Addicks were without skipper Johnnie Jackson and defenders Chris Solly and Leon Cort in the 3-0 defeat at Burnley on Saturday. They also lost midfielder Bradley Pritchard to concussion, while top scorer Yann Kermorgant had to come off the bench despite carrying an ankle injury. It leaves Powell with limited resources as Charlton attempt to bounce back from three straight defeats against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

Guy Moussi will be assessed before Nottingham Forest travel to Charlton. A groin strain forced Moussi off after just 16 minutes of the 1-0 victory over East Midlands rivals Derby at the City Ground on Saturday. Fellow midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, defender Kelvin Wilson and forward Jamie Paterson will also be checked on before the Reds make the journey to London after missing out against the Rams. Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, was denied his home debut after sustaining a knock in training. Wilson has now missed three matches with the back injury he suffered during the 2-2 home draw with Middlesbrough and Paterson was absent through illness.

Derby County v Ipswich Town   

Zak Whitbread is expected to go straight into the Derby starting line-up against Ipswich. Whitbread has been brought in on loan from Leicester as Richard Keogh's red card in the defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, which signalled the end of Nigel Clough's reign as manager, left Jake Buxton as the only recognised senior centre-back at the club. Keogh will serve a one-match suspension while Shaun Barker and Mark O'Brien are still recovering from long-term knee injuries. Academy manager Darren Wassall will take charge of first-team affairs following Clough's departure but he will also be without injured midfield trio Paul Coutts (dislocated kneecap), Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (ankle).

Mick McCarthy will likely keep faith with an unchanged XI as Ipswich travel to Derby. McCarthy sent out the same XI against Brighton on Saturday as the one which lost 2-0 at Wigan and the Town boss duly watched his side record a 2-0 victory of their own thanks to David McGoldrick's brace. With no new injury or suspension problems expected, McCarthy will see no reason for change at Pride Park, where the Rams will be led by Academy manager Darren Wassall following Nigel Clough's sacking on Monday evening. Tyrone Mings is back in full training having recovered from the knee injury sustained on the opening day of the season but the defender is not yet match ready.

Doncaster Rovers v Burnley       

Doncaster will check on Reece Wabara ahead of the visit of Burnley. Wabara (toe) limped off during the closing stages of the 2-2 home draw with Nottingham Forest nine days ago and missed the derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough at the weekend. The on-loan Manchester City right-back was scheduled to train on Monday and a decision will be made on his fitness. Harry Forrester has suffered an injury setback and could be out for another six weeks. The midfielder has been blighted by an ankle injury since joining Paul Dickov's side from Brentford in the summer and now he has suffered a tear to his quad. Marc de Val Fernandez has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury but he is yet to return to full training.

Burnley midfielder Dean Marney will miss his side's trip to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Doncaster. Marney will serve a one-match ban after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during the 3-0 win over Charlton. Clarets boss Sean Dyche is unlikely to make any other changes to the side that helped his team to their third straight league win on Saturday. Ross Wallace remains sidelined with the knee injury that has kept him out since the middle of August.

Leeds United v AFC Bournemouth          

Leeds defender Sam Byram admits he has found it tough going since returning to first-team action following long-term injury. The 20-year-old right-back was sidelined due to a hip injury sustained at the end of last season and made his comeback in the recent home defeat to Burnley. Byram started in last week's League Cup defeat at Newcastle and stepped off the substitutes' bench in the weekend defeat at Millwall.

Bournemouth will be without midfielder Richard Hughes for the trip to Leeds. The 34-year-old former Portsmouth man saw red in the 3-1 home defeat to Blackburn which means he will sit out the trip to Leeds along with a number of players. Matt Ritchie's thigh injury still keeps him out along with a suspected knee problem which forced Welsh midfielder Shaun MacDonald off on Saturday while Charlie Daniels is also sidelined. Norwich loanee Andrew Surman and fellow midfielder Harry Arter are fighting to be fit but Ian Harte looks set to be involved in the squad to face his former club.

Middlesbrough v Huddersfield Town     

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray will be without two of his key men for Tuesday night's Sky Bet Championship clash with Huddersfield. Central defender Jonathan Woodgate came off at half-time in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at leaders QPR with a calf problem and will not make the game at the Riverside Stadium. Neither will striker Marvin Emnes, who has missed the last two games with a groin strain. Frontman Emmanuel Ledesma will sit out once again as he completes a three-match ban following his sending-off at Nottingham Forest, but central defender Rhys Williams is available after serving his one-game suspension. Meanwhile, defender Seb Hines has now returned to full training after undergoing knee surgery during the summer.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins could name an unchanged starting line-up at Middlesbrough. Robins made nine changes for last Friday night's home draw with Blackpool following their midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Hull and has no new injury or suspension problems. Teenage midfielder Duane Holmes made his first league appearance off the substitutes' bench against Blackpool and set up James Vaughan for the equaliser, so the 18-year-old is hoping to retain his place in the squad. Defender Joel Lynch and winger Danny Ward are hoping to return to contention following respective knee and ankle injuries as Town bid to extend their unbeaten league run to five matches.

Yeovil Town v Leicester City       

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has vice-captain Byron Webster available for the visit of high-flying Leicester. The centre-back has served his three-match ban for his red card at Sheffield Wednesday and will now try and win back his place from Everton loanee Shane Duffy whose debut against Bolton on Saturday was described as "strong" by his new manager. While Liam Fontaine and Marek Stech remain out, fit-again Paddy Madden came through his return to action unscathed as the Glovers climbed out of the relegation zone with a welcome point. Captain Jamie McAllister missed the 1-1 draw after suffering a knock in training and he will be assessed ahead of the clash with Nigel Pearson's men.

Leicester have no new problems as they prepare to travel to Yeovil. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson named an unchanged starting line up for the fourth Sky Bet Championship game in a row against Barnsley on Saturday, although he did make eight changes last week for the Capital One Cup win over Derby. After beating the Tykes 2-1, there is a strong possibility Pearson could stick with the same side again. Should he wish to make changes, the likes of Dean Hammond, Matty James, Jeff Schlupp, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Ignasi Miquel and Marcin Wasilewski are available. Centre-half Sean St. Ledger (knee) and striker Chris Wood (hamstring) are likely to remain on the sidelines as they recover from injury.

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